Further to my Blog on HOVS Limited (here)
I have in past commented on developments of HOVS Limited. Now again further developments are happening in the company with regards to sale of their overseas investment SourceHOV LLC.
To refresh, Hovs Limited has a 100 % overseas subsidiary, which in turn has an equity stake of 27.20 % in SourceHOV LLC. The major shareholder in SourceHOV is Citi Venture Capital International (CVCI) to the tune of 65%. Hovs and CITI both were trying to sell its investment with an asking price of $1.20 billion.
The asking price of SourceHov, converts to a big value for shareholders of Hovs Limited We will try to understand now what the shareholders of Hovs Ltd will garner. (do visit my previous article to know the background in details)
a) On 3rd April, 2014. HGM, The fund promoted by the promoters had bought a company in US, named BancTec Inc (Here),(Here) The price of these acquisition was not known.
b) The on 29th Sep, These fund and the SourceHov reached a merger agreement where Banctec Inc will be merged with SourceHov LLC.
We don't have any valuation for either companies, to do analysis of pricing.
c) Also Hovs Ltd said, It will hold a Board meeting on 30th September to consider transaction relating to its wholly owned subsidiary.
On 1st Oct, 2014, The company made a release to Stock Exchange regarding the outcome of board meeting (Here), The major takeaways of the filings are :
a) The Promoters themselves intend to buy the company SourceHov LLC, with the help of its fund Handson Fund 4 LLC (HOF4).
b) The company holds 26.1% in SourceHov LLC.
c) They mentioned that, They have offered to buy other major shareholder also, The major is CVCI.
d) The minimum sale price would be $ 95 million, converting the share value of the company at $ 363 million.
e) The money received by the company from the sale of asset will be used towards paying dividends and also making further investments in current Indian business.
f) Banctec will be merged with SourceHov LLC.
g) The valuation of merger was done by M/s PKF Shridhar and Santhanam Chartered Accountants, whereas Keynote corporate Services limited arrived at the valuation report of merger between SourceHov LLC and Banctec Inc.
h) The promoters would abstain from voting on resolution for sale of investment. As It will be a related partytransaction.
The Current market cap of company is (@cmp 152/-) Rs 190 Crores, whereas the amount expected from sale of SourceHov LLC would be minimum Rs 570 Crores. From the above offer of the promoters, The value per shares that can be fetched to Shareholders of Hovs Ltd will be almost Rs 455/-, If I reduce the Taxes to be paid, It will still come to Rs 364/- (@20% Tax). HUGE, It also has its BPO and KPO business in India.
But I have to make some critical comments on these development to help us take conscious investment decisions.
a) Previously the stake of Hovs Limited in Source HOV was 27.20 % , which now the company says is 26.1%. The only rationale which I can think of for reduction in stake could be issue of ESOP to employees of SourceHOV LLC. But only the promoters can confirm these.
b) The company has said that the offer to buy is there from HOF4, They will also try to get offers from others and the offer is made to buy from others major shareholders also, the other major shareholder is CVCI. Here we can take solace that the valuation sought by CVCI will be a good price as they are not the related parties and the final deal price can be more than $95 mil for Hovs Ltd as buyers will have to match price to all sellers.
c) The asking price of SourceHov in the past was at enterprise value of $1.20 billion and they had around $650 million of Debt, So the equity value of the company may come to around $550 million. whereas the the promoters are now putting the price of $363 million. I guess final price would be more than $363 million as negotiations may be going on with other shareholders and the promoters may not be willing to disclose the final price which they are ready to pay. Also such low valuation price of SourceHov may put psychological pressure on sellers regarding the right value.
d) The valuation done on merger of Bantec with SourceHov was by M/s PKF Shridhar and Santhanam Chartered Accountants, who are based in India, whereas both the companies are based in Nevada, USA. The background of the firm is (Here). Same goes with Keynote Corporate Service who has worked on merger ratio. I guess they may have competencies, but they are based and operate only in India, I guess the reports are just a formal document for compliance. I guess the promoter should have taken these reports from professional who have vast exposure in such international deals. I am also surprised the CVCI accepted such report. Since they are the major shareholder in SourceHov.
Also no data is there in public domain regarding the price at which Banctec was bought, Balance Sheet of SourceHOV, Balance Sheet of Banctec. I am not able to understand about the data shared by Promoters of HOV to these professional and Also What additional data they may have sought ?
e) The promoters have agreed to not participate in voting process for sale of SourceHov by the shareholders of Hovs Limited. But there are also some minority shareholders in Hovs Limited who are also connected to Promoter, Hondson3 and HGM and maybe Hof4. Some also happen to be related to promoters and their funds in the past. (Here), (Here), (Here). Not sure if all of them will participate in voting process and how many are allowed ?
g) The Promoters are trying to buy established business from listed entity, The listed entity Hovs Limited does not have huge dedt in its books , It has total liability of Rs 16 crores on consolidated basis as on 31 st March, 2014. (Here) , Hence we can infer that Company was not in need to sell the asset but the promoters wanted to buy it. Hence promoter should now come with clear information on How the proceeds will be used and in what proportion. The promoters have no right to keep the money for further use as they themselves are buying the assets and they have their own established funds for new business opportunity.
The promoter will have to give big divided, at least 70 % to 80 % of the proceeds, and they should declare such intention before the voting. Investor then may definitely support their resolution. Also not in near past have they said about requirement of funds in current business nor have they availed any credit limits.
h) Will SEBI look in this case as no data of transaction is available in public domain, It is also related party transaction, Also some major shareholders can be termed as related party. There is no clarity on deployment of funds.
From the above discussion, We can infer that
a) The company can get more that Rs 360/- per share as base case and there are high probabilities of much higher price.
b) There will be a expectation and demand for a big special dividend to the tune of not less than Rs 250/- to Rs 300 /- and I am sure company can..
c) We need to have more clarity of Investments in current business
d) The Promoters should come out with further details on this transaction as part of better corporate governance.
This is not a recommendation to anybody whatsoever to buy OR sell this share, but it is my thought process and views on this company.
I welcome your critical comments and suggestions.
PS : I have some position in the stock, So I can be Biased.