Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The symptom is worse than the disease

So, DLF goes about the mock play – sorry buyback.

Earlier I had concluded that such false bravado is a symptom of DLF management being new to the listed public market. That explains why they try to zig and zag with the price action in the markets. Markets dance to a non-rhythmic rhapsody, not a synchronized symphony. Company managements can't keep pace with it without breaking down. Stock prices may go up or down in public markets, but management’s priority should be effective supervision of operations. By announcing a Rs.1,100 crore buyback when stock prices sag while having plans to raise QIP of Rs.10,000 crore in hardly six months down the line, they betray impulsive overreaction. As I said before, DLF may be a large enterprise; but they lack the maturity required to stay put in that bracket.

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