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    IRCTC IPO subscribed 81% on Day 1

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    The issue is an offer for sale and is a part of the government's divestment process.

    > Fourth-largest public offering from Railways > Operates one of the largest websites with a transaction volume of more than 2.5 crore per month, and with approximately 0.72 crore logins per day. > 72.60 per cent of the total Indian Railways' ticket bookings were done online through the company’s website/mobile application during the five months ended August 31, 2019. > Diversification into other businesses including non-railway catering and services such as e-catering, executive lounges, and budget hotels.

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    NEW DELHI: The initial public offer (IPO) by state-run IRCTC received bids for 81 per cent on Day 1 of the bidding process.

    On Monday, the issue received bids for 1,63,94,040 shares against the issue size of 2,01,60,000 shares.

    IRCTC has set IPO has a price band of Rs 315-320 per share. At the upper price band, the stock is available at P/E multiple of 18.8 times to its FY19 EPS of Rs 17.

    The issue is an offer for sale and is a part of the government's divestment process.

    IRCTC operates a website, www.irctc.co.in, with transaction volume averaging 15 to 18 million transactions per month in the three months ended June 30. At present, it operates in four business segments, namely, internet ticketing, catering, packaged drinking water under the “Rail Neer” brand, and travel and tourism.

    The inclusion of a convenience fee on railway tickets, setting up of 10 water plants in the next two years and the recent tax reduction of corporate tax bodes well for EPS growth, said ICICIdirect in a note.

    "Coupled with healthy dividend payout (45 per cent in FY19) and RoE (26.1 per cent), we recommend subscribe rating to the issue at the offer price. Further, at the IPO price band, the stock is available at a price to earnings multiple of 10 times FY21E EPS, which we believe looks attractive from the perspective of future earnings growth,” the brokerage said.

    “IPO looks conservatively priced at a PER (price earnings ratio) of around 19x based on FY19 earnings. We recommend subscribe,” Indianivesh said in the note.

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    Key strengths

    > Fourth-largest public offering from Railways

    > Operates one of the largest websites with a transaction volume of more than 2.5 crore per month, and with approximately 0.72 crore logins per day.

    > 72.60 per cent of the total Indian Railways' ticket bookings were done online through the company’s website/mobile application during the five months ended August 31, 2019.

    > Diversification into other businesses including non-railway catering and services such as e-catering, executive lounges, and budget hotels.

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