I have an Issue…actually several…..with the SKS Microfinance Issue !….Intentions may be Noble but Actions are Profit Motivated and not singularly Selfless !

I have two Primary Issues…and several related ones….. with this SKS Microfinance Primary Issue

Microfinance Industry emerged to alleviate Poverty by providing access of basic financial services like Loans and microinsurance to the poor…..I am frowning at this attempt to commercialise this Industry through an IPO at such a High Premium I am not going to contribute to the Profits of Pre IPO Shareholders…especially Sequoia Capital…. who are offering for Sale their Shares in this SKS Microfinance IPO that has opened today !

16.79 Million Shares are on offer in the price band Rs 850 to Rs 985 !….of which only 7.45 million shares are Fresh Issue with IPO proceeds going to the Company while 9.34 Million Shares are Offer for Sale by Existing Investors…In fact Sequoia Capital,termed as a Promoter, is offloading 3.99 million shares in this IPO of their 9.1 million shares and will bring down their holding from 14.1 % Pre IPO Equity of Rs 64.52 crs to 7.1 % of Post IPO Equity of Rs 71.97 crs….Their average acquisition cost is Rs 61.18 only and they have been allotted shares in 2007 and 2008 in three tranches at Rs 49.77,Rs 70.67 and Rs 103.91….Just Imagine….Sequoia paid just under Rs 56 crs for their 9.1 million shares….If Rs 985 Top end Price is fixed for this IPO,the 3.99 million shares they are offering on sale will fetch them Rs 393 crs !…so they make a whopping near Rs 337 crs over their aggregate cost  for shares held for just  two to three years and yet have 5.1 million shares remaining with them !…reminds me of a similar ploy by Citigroup and Chrys Capital in the Suzlon issue a few years ago ! (Search my blog for this)                                                                                                                   There is something not right in Promoters enriching themselves handsomely by part cashing out in the IPO or pre IPO….In fact the Chief Promoter,Vikram Akula sold 9.45 lakh of his Shares just this year in February 2010 to Tree Line Asia Master Fund (Singapore) for US $ 12.92 million (works out to @ Rs 637)…In fact several top Employees also sold part of their Esop shareholdings to Tree Line for Rs 636.72….Encashing Profits of Crores like this just before the IPO brings into question Promoter and Top Management Committment to the Company….Maybe Legal…but….Feels like they are itching to exit at Rs 985 as they may not get this price again!….and inside a year Shareholders have been allotted Shares even at Rs 300….from here to the Gains are over 200%….Even after the IPO,the Pre IPO Shareholders will hold nearly 77% of the Post IPO Equity….This would entitle them to 77% of the Networth….which would have been substantially built by the Public who are paying Rs 985 per share in the IPO !…Nah !…now why would the Public do this ! ?…they are merely looking at one side of the Equation that they will benefit from the Share Price above Rs 985….they fail to see that their Rs 985 is creating Huge Assets of which they will merely own 23%…..while 77% will be owned by Pre IPO Shareholders who have contributed in the past one to three years just an average acquisition price of  Rs 24.54 to Rs 137.53 (Promoters) and upto just Rs 300 for Non Promoters     

While contending with my emotions on the above two issues, the High,near obscene IPO Price Band of Rs 850 to Rs 985 makes it easier for me to say ‘No’ to this Issue read more