Speculations glaore. I go it's all worthless. May be it's worth the value of some pricey real estate that it occupies in India's southern city of Hyderabad provided its overcooked balance sheet has truth enough in its declaration of the company's debt-free status. Otherwise, one would assume that even the properties may have been pledged or worse, being that of a software company, it's created out of 3D virtual reality. Something as in Second Life.
I begin to doubt the Indiaworld acquisition that Sify (Satyam Infoway, sister concern of Satyam then) did for a mind boggling Rs.499 crore ($115 million in 1999 $). Did money really changed hands to that nondescript entrepreneur Rajesh Jain, CEO of Indiaworld? If so, why is he still stuck with some never-to-start startup? People with $100 million certainly will have a lot more options that the world would be curious to track. I have this feeling the price that Sify paid would have been far less, far far less and bulk of the money would have been stashed away by Rajus in some secret tax haven accounts.
But then they also say the liabilities are underfunded to the extent of Rs.1230 crore (about $24 million) that Raju has arranged by pledging his shares. Anyway, too bad that Raju used a wildlife metaphor while attempting to clear his conscience in his letter to the Board- "it was like riding the tiger and not knowing how to get off without being eaten" - and disgrace the animal.
.It sure is a murky mess and it's only getting murkier. But there are some bravehearts too... And I sure can't stop envying the folks that were short on the stock yesterday...!