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  1. IPO Radar: AutoCorp, Honda’s Avatar in Thailand

1. IPO Radar: AutoCorp, Honda’s Avatar in Thailand

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In August 2017, Honda stole the top spot in Thai passenger cars from Toyota and held it for a few months. They are still formidable players, and ACG (AutoCorp) which runs Honda dealerships and service centers across Thailand, is expected to IPO some time in 2019. Here’s our quick look at the company.

  • We value this IPO at Bt2/sh using DCF, since there’s really no good comparables. The company is expected to enjoy slower revenue growth and higher margins going forward as car sales slow down nationally and maintenance becomes a bigger chunk of the revenues.
  • They only operate in four provinces and run 8 showrooms with over 6,000 sqm of display space. The service centers account for almost 17,200 sqm. The big chunk comes from lower margin car sales. Along with accessories, these account for 84% of revenues.
  • The IPO is firmly underwritten by Singapore’s Phillips Securities and is good for more than a quarter of shares outstanding (26%). The founding Rangkanuwat family control all remaining shares and have committed to 6 month lock-up period.

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