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Buy Info Edge (India), target Rs 2,100: Sharekhan by BNP Paribas


Sharekhan by BNP Paribas has a buy call on Info Edge (India) with a target price of Rs 2,100.

The current market price of Info Edge (India) is Rs 1,866.60.

Time period given by the brokerage is one year when Info Edge (India) price can reach the defined target.

Investment rationale by the brokerage:

Recruitment- Sustainable growth momentum, but higher tech spends pose margin headwinds: Info Edges recruitment business (Naukri, 71 per cent of total revenues) is back to a higher growth trajectory from the beginning of FY2019 after a soft revenue growth performance during FY2016-FY2018, with continued improvement in growth rate of 20.5 per cent YoY in Q3FY2019 (from 12.7 per cent/15.2 per cent/15.7 per cent YoY in 4QFY2018/1QFY2019/Q2FY2019). Higher revenue growth momentum in the recruitment business was driven by the robust addition of unique customers, increased realisation aided by improvement in IT hiring and traction for its products among corporate customers. The management highlighted that it expects the rationalisation of marketing spends on the recruitment business during Q4FY2019E. However, higher spends on the promotions, product developments and tech people will continue going ahead to protect its leading market share from the competitors (Linked-in, Indeed, iimjobs.com, among others). According to management, Naukris margin could get negatively impacted if Naukris revenue growth rate falls below 20 per cent YoY.

99acres to witness strong growth: Despite a lesser number of new launches and continued soft demand environment due to high inventory in the real estate space, 99acre has delivered strong revenue growth of 16 per cent CAGR in last five years led by higher online penetration of developers and brokers and shifting of buyers to online reality portal. Given the intense competition in the real estate space, the advertisement spends increased 2x YoY in 9MFY2019. The management believes that the ad spends are likely to remain elevated going forward on the back of strong traction for renewals and an increase in traffic. However, the ongoing NBFC liquidity crisis and upcoming general elections could limit the recovery of the demand cycle of real estate in the short-term. With 50 per cent of overall traffic share, 99acres is well positioned to capitalise the opportunities that would arise from increasing online penetration of buyers in the real estate space and shifting of ad spend from print to online.

With a smart investment strategy, bets are progressing well: Info Edge has been making small investments at attractive valuations in the early stage of companies/start-ups, with total investments in more than 20 entities. Out of these, Zomato and PolicyBazaar have emerged as big bets and are contributing significantly to the sum-of-the-parts (SOTP) valuation of the company, while Happily Unmarried and Meritnation are progressing well in their businesses. Zomato recently sold its UAE food delivery business to Delivery Hero Group for $172 million and also raised an additional $50 million from Delivery Hero. The management also noted that Zomato has recently raised $315 million from the global investors in the latest rounding of funding, which pegged Zomatos valuation at $2.1 billion. With stiff competition from the closest competitor and entry of new players, the cash burns from Zomato will remain elevated going ahead. Unlike its earlier investment strateRead More – Source