Future Group’s warehouse in Nagpur. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Future Supply Chain IPO: Here’s All You Need To Know

Future Supply Chain Solutions Ltd., the logistics arm of the Future Group, is looking to raise nearly Rs 650 crore through an initial public offer that opens today.

In the three-day offer, the company will issue up to 98 lakh equity shares at a price band of Rs 660-664 apiece. At the upper end, it will command a valuation of Rs 2,660 crore, according to BloombergQuint’s calculations.

The IPO is an offer for sale through which promoter Future Enterprises Ltd. along with private equity investor Griffin Partners will offload shares.

Future Supply Chain IPO: Here’s All You Need To Know

Business

Future Supply Chain is one of India’s largest third-party logistics solution provider, according to the Kishore Biyani-led company’s red herring prospectus. It follows an asset light business model in which assets necessary for operations, such as vehicles and warehouses, are leased.

The company has presence in three business segments – contract, express and temperature controlled logistics.

Future Supply Chain IPO: Here’s All You Need To Know

The bulk of its revenue comes from the contract logistics business which provides warehousing, distribution and other value-added services. Future Supply Chain has 42 distribution centres and 3.84 million square feet of warehouse space. It also operates 2 distribution centres and 0.37 million sq ft of warehouse space of its customers

Under express logistics, the company provides door-to-door delivery services. It has 14 hubs and 106 branches across India, covering 11,235 pin codes.

As part of the temperature controlled business, the company provides cold-chain warehousing, transportation solutions and distribution of perishable products. The segment was started in financial year 2015-16 and is yet to break even.

Almost 70 percent of Future Supply Chain’s comes from group companies.

Future Supply Chain IPO: Here’s All You Need To Know

Financial Highlights

  • Net worth stood at Rs 326 crore for the half-year ended September 2017 translating into a book value per share of Rs 81.
  • Revenue grew at a compounded annual growth rate of 17 percent and net profit rose at 36 percent over FY15-17.
  • Earnings before interest, tax and depreciation and amortisation margin has been ranged between 13-15 percent in the last three years.
  • The company not declared any dividend during the last five financial years.

Peer Comparison

  • The recently-listed Mahindra Logistics Ltd. has a similar business model and asset structure but generates nearly five times the revenue.
  • Peer TCI Express Ltd. is a standalone express logistics company but follows an asset light business model.
Future Supply Chain IPO: Here’s All You Need To Know
  • Future Supply’s return ratios are a mixed bag as the company outperforms on a few parameters but lags in others.
Future Supply Chain IPO: Here’s All You Need To Know
  • Future Supply had a cash balance of more than Rs 80 crore as of Sept. 30 and negligible debt on its books.
Future Supply Chain IPO: Here’s All You Need To Know

Valuations

Earnings per share for the year to March comes to Rs 16.64 at the upper end of the price band. Its shares will trade at 40 times its earnings at that price, according to BloombergQuint’s calculations. That’s cheaper than its peers.

Future Supply Chain IPO: Here’s All You Need To Know

Shareholding Pattern

Promoter holding will come down to 52.5 percent, but Future Supply will continue to remain a subsidiary of Future Enterprises post listing.

Future Supply Chain IPO: Here’s All You Need To Know

Brokerage Take

Angel Broking: All positives are fully factored into current valuations, which does not provide any further upside for investors.

GEPL Capital: Future Supply Chain has a unique business model and strong growth metrics which makes the offer lucrative.

Choice: Future Supply Chain is available at cheaper valuations but at one-fifth of the size of its closest peer Mahindra Logistics. The issue is, therefore, aggressively priced leaving limited room for further upside.

Emkay Research: It is well positioned to capitalise on upcoming opportunities in the logistics sector. For investors with a 3-5 year time horizon, it will offer steady compounding returns.

Reliance Securities Research: It offers attractive growth opportunities in the medium to long term with the commensurate growth in 3PL logistics. It provides a healthy investment opportunity for long-term investors.