Monday, June 11, 2007

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

I came across some interesting bits of news today. All related to DLF in some ways.

The GoodDLF IPO subscribed 41% on day one. The QIP portion is fully subscribed. The initial public offering of real estate major DLF, which is expected to mop up Rs.96.25 billion ($2.40 billion), received 41 per cent subscriptions within an hour of opening on Monday.

The Bad – Analysts say the issue is overpriced and figure that the concentration of DLF land bank in Gurgaon (near Delhi) does not bode very well for the prospects of the company. Sample these -

Brokerage house Enam said: "At the upper band of Rs 550 the stock trades at a significant premium to our base case valuation of Rs 404. We believe the stock is overvalued and initiate coverage with Sector Underperformer rating and a price target of Rs 404."

Raising concern about DLF's over-dependence on Gurgaon, Angel Broking said that this is a big concentration in one city, considering the fact that Gurgaon is a satellite town and it took DLF 30 years to develop the 3,000 acre DLF township.

The Ugly - After a brief respite, the city [Gurgaon] is again sweating under unscheduled power cuts. New Gurgaon, like DLF and Sushant Lok, seems to be the worst-hit. DLF phase II suffered a power cut on Tuesday night, while phase III has been experiencing unscheduled cuts for the past two weeks. Read the full report here.

DLF issue could have very well done without these bits. What do you think ?

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