Saturday, June 9, 2007

Is India’s largest IPO going to change the Sensex stakes?

Post-issue, the DLF stock is by all indications, set to join the Sensex. Its cousin Unitech (trading around Rs 550), is unlikely to be left behind. Their combined weight in the Sensex is expected to be around 2.27 per cent. This is based on the current price of Unitech and the higher of DLF’s Rs 550 price band.
The number could be higher - given the relative fundamentals of the two companies, I expect DLF to settle at a higher price. Comparing valuations, DLF’s price-earnings multiple, given its quality of land banks, the expanse of business and brand value, should come at a 20-25 per cent premium over Unitech’s, but we await the market for ‘price discovery’.

Opinion in The Indian Express, June 09, 2007

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