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TMT: Afterpay Touch, CarTrade, KMW Co Ltd, Firstsource Solutions, Tech Mahindra and more

In today’s briefing:

  • Afterpay (APT AU) – Square Is Buying Now in an All Stock Deal
  • CarTrade Tech IPO Initiation: Shifting Gears
  • K-Stop Movement: Round 2 on August 10th – What Are the Targets?
  • Firstsource Solutions: Top Client De Growth Impacts Revenues
  • HSIE Results Daily 30 July 2021: Tech Mahindra, SRF Ltd, Colgate Palmolive and More

Afterpay (APT AU) – Square Is Buying Now in an All Stock Deal

By Brian Freitas

The Afterpay Touch (APT AU) stock has taken a beating recently following a lot of negative press about the Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) industry. This included a Rebel Wilson ad pulled from Australian TV after complaints from consumer protection groups for playing down the risks of taking on debt. Here in New Zealand, there have been calls for greater regulation of BNPL with families struggling to afford basics while paying off the BNPL loans.

Now, Square Inc (SQ US) has announced that it plans to acquire Afterpay Touch (APT AU) in an all-stock deal that values Afterpay at a 30% premium to its last close. Afterpay Touch (APT AU) shareholders will receive 0.375 shares of Square Inc (SQ US) Class A common stock for each Afterpay share they hold on the record date. Square Inc (SQ US) may elect to pay 1% of total consideration in cash. The transaction values Afterpay Touch (APT AU) at A$39bn.

The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022 subject to shareholder approval, receipt of regulatory approvals and no material adverse effect in relation to Afterpay Touch (APT AU) or Square Inc (SQ US).

Square Inc (SQ US) intends to establish a secondary listing on the ASX to allow Afterpay Touch (APT AU) shareholders to trade Square Inc (SQ US) shares via CHESS Depositary Interests (CDIs) on the ASX. We expect the Square CDIs to be included in the S&P/ASX 200 (AS51 INDEX) replacing Afterpay Touch (APT AU), though the free float on the CDIs will be lower. 


CarTrade Tech IPO Initiation: Shifting Gears

By Arun George

Cartrade (0056989Z IN) is a leading online destination for auto consumers in India. CarWale and BikeWale, key brands owned by CarTrade, ranked number one on relative online search popularity when compared to their key competitors over the last three years, according to Google Trends data. CarTrade’s shareholders include Warburg Pincus (34.44% of fully diluted shares), Temasek (26.48%), JP Morgan (11.93%) and March Capital (7.09%). 

CarTrade is looking to raise Rs28 billion ($375 million) through an IPO in India, according to press reports. The IPO comprises a pure offer for sale of 18.53 million shares by its existing shareholders and promoters. The IPO is set to launch on 9 August.  

India was the fifth largest car market in the world in 2019 and is forecasted to become the third-largest auto market in the world as measured by volume in 2025, according to RedSeer. The COVID-19 pandemic has also resulted in a shift in preference towards used cars as people limit their use of public transportation. Indian auto OEMs spent only 14% of their total ad budgets on digital advertising, which is significantly lower than the global average of 42% in 2020, according to RedSeer. 

The growing auto market combined with the rising penetration of digital ad spend presents an attractive opportunity for auto transaction platforms such as CarTrade. CarTrade is capitalising on this market opportunity as evidenced by its highly popular platforms, solid organic growth, strong margins and healthy cash generation. Overall, we think that CarTrade is an attractive play on India’s new economy sector.


K-Stop Movement: Round 2 on August 10th – What Are the Targets?

By Douglas Kim

The “K-Stop movement” made its first real move on HLB Inc (028300 KS) on July 15th. The K-Stop movement refers to “Korean Game Stop movement,” where many Korean retail investors have gathered together to actively protest and trade against the institutional investors that have put short positions on various Korean stocks. There are lots of interesting developments with the K-Stop movement so we will update on these key issues in this insight. 

Korea Stock Investors Association (한국주식투자자연합회) (KSIA) is the main sponsoring entity of this K-Stop Movement. On 1 August, KSIA mentioned that it will once again pool the resources of the retail investors to target a specific company to buy on August 10th. The date was originally scheduled on August 15th but they decided to use August 10th instead due to the latter date being on a Sunday. 


Firstsource Solutions: Top Client De Growth Impacts Revenues

By ICICI Securities Limited

About the stock: Firstsource Solutions (FSL) provides business process services to BFSI, communication, media, tech and healthcare.

  • The company generates 68% revenues from the US and 31% from the UK
  • FSL has witnessed healthy revenue improvement (up 19% YoY in FY21) and 100 bps improvement in EBIT margins in FY21
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HSIE Results Daily 30 July 2021: Tech Mahindra, SRF Ltd, Colgate Palmolive and More

By HDFC Securities

HSIE Results Daily Tech Mahindra: We maintain a BUY rating on Tech Mahindra (TechM), based on better-than-expected revenue performance, healthy net-new deal wins (in both telecom and enterprise segments), and in-line margins. TechM delivered 3.9% QoQ CC growth, which was broad-based across verticals. The focus on large deal wins (net-new TCV of USD 815mn), following a healthy Q4 (Telefonica deal), improves growth visibility. The key attributes that underscore our positive outlook are (1) the largest deal win in the healthcare vertical (patient care modernisation); (2) healthy growth in BPS; (3) increase in intake of freshers after six quarters; (4) improvement in 5G related deals (~50% of telecom deals are related to 5G); and (5) continued growth momentum in enterprise segment, led by technology, BFSI and manufacturing verticals.

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