Tale of the Tape
Happy Tuesday everyone. Markets continue to trade sideways. 😑
Nifty and Sensex closed flat after opening higher. Weak global cues offset the lower inflation data. August retail inflation moderated to a 3-month low of 5.3% vs an estimate of 5.6%. Midcaps (+1.4%) and Smallcaps (+0.3%) maintain their lead. ✌
Zee Entertainment rallied +40% after large investors sought a complete revamp of its management. ✅ Full story below.
HCL Tech (+3%) hit a new all-time high. The company entered into a strategic partnership with South Korea-based HANCOM Inc. 💸
Zomato Co-Founder Gaurav Gupta announced his resignation. The stock dropped 5% from its intraday high. 😓
Godawari Power & Ispat was locked in a 5% upper circuit. The company approved a 1:2 stock split and a 1:1 bonus issue. 👍
Here are the closing prints:
See Ya Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya
Zee Entertainment rallied +40% after its largest shareholders called for an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to remove top management. 🚫
What’s happening? Invesco Developing Markets Fund and OFI Global China Fund hold ~18% stake in Zee Entertainment. The two shareholders wrote a letter to the company’s board seeking the removal of Managing Director & CEO, Punit Goenka. Two other directors Manish Chokhani and Ashok Kurien have already resigned. The letter also proposed the appointment of six independent directors.
Why is it a big deal? Let’s go back a few years to understand this better. Zee’s founder Subhash Chandra borrowed thousands of crores for his Infra business. The loan was backed by Zee’s shares as collateral. In 2018, IL&FS went belly up triggering a massive liquidity crisis. Chandra failed to pay the banks which triggered a fire sale in its shares. Corporate governance lapses aside, business too wasn’t doing well. Falling market share and the rise of OTT platforms coincided with the 85% drop in the company’s share price between March 2018 to May 2020. 📉
What next? The Street is hopeful that a new “professional” management may turnaround the company’s fortunes. Regaining lost market share, a new digital/OTT first strategy may trigger a re-rating. Zee’s cheap valuations make it all the more attractive. 😍
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Freshworks is all set to become the 1st Indian unicorn to list overseas!!! 🥇
Freshworks aims to raise $912 million from the markets. The price band is fixed at $28-$32 per share. As per reports, this values the company at a whopping $9 billion.
Freshworks started as a customer support chat tool back in 2010. Over the years, the company has expanded into marketing, HR tools, IT management, among others. Freshworks has more than 50,000 employees and is backed by the likes of Accel, Sequoia Capital, and Tiger Global.
Financial Snapshot: (H1 2021) 📊
- Revenue: $169 million; up 53% YoY
- Net Loss: $10 million (vs net loss of $57 million)
Freshworks’ IPO comes hot on the heels of several startups charting a course to the capital markets. Let’s go! 💯
For all the positives, it’s a bit of a shame that it won’t be easily accessible for most Indian retail investors.
$LTC’s Back and Forth
Litecoin lovers’ hearts skipped a beat — twice. All because of a fake press release. 🤯
GlobeNewswire’s (fake) announcement stated that the U.S. retail giant Walmart would allow customers to pay using Litecoin. Litecoin was also a little too eager and shared the news from its Twitter account without verifying it — for which later it apologized.
The news spiked $LTC.X over 20% from $174 to a session high of $232 — and then quickly retreated after Walmart confirmed that the press release was fake. Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove said that the retailer is in touch with the newswire company to investigate how the false press release got posted. 🔎
The hoax (temporarily) added nearly $4 billion to the market cap of $LTC.X. Experts compared the incident to “pump and dump” schemes popular in stock markets. Chief Economist Peter Schiff tweeted that it was an orchestrated incident.
This drama couldn’t have been more ill-timed when the crypto market is going through a tumultuous trend. 😓