Stock market outlook
On August 22, it opened at Rs 4,430 apiece, currently trading at Rs 4,258.70 apiece, down 4.39%. The current market price is Rs 945.7 above the 52-week low of Rs 3,313 and Rs 3,206.7 below the 52-week high of Rs 7,465.40.
Returns on investment
The previous week, the company’s shares returned negative 3.86%. While over the past 1 and 3 months, stocks have returned positive 3.84% and 22.12%, respectively. Over the year, the shares gave a negative return of 20.96%. Over the past 3 and 5 years, stocks have had massive returns. In 3 years, shares have jumped 107.55%, giving multibagger returns. Whereas over the past 5 years the stock has given a multibagger return of 353.04%.
Info Edge (India) Limited is a major service sector stock with a market capitalization of Rs 55,107 crore. Stock’s TTM PE ratio is 4.31 and P/B ratio is 3.06, respectively. TTM EPS is Rs 990.63. Its ROE is 74%. While the dividend yield is 0.30% and the face value is Rs 10.
(1) Infoedge revenue stood at Rs 5.07 billion (against an estimate of Rs 4.26 billion), recording a growth of 11.4% QoQ, driven by +12.4/ +8.2/+9.0% QoQ recruitment growth/99acres/Jeevansathi+Shiksha.
(2) Billing in Q1FY23 increased +65/173/-1% YoY for Recruitment/99 Acres/Other Verticals respectively.
(3) Segment EBITDA margin for Recruitment/99acres/Jeevansathi/Shiksha was +59.6/-53/-132/+25% respectively in FY22.
(4) EBITDA margin increased by 403 basis points QoQ to 32.1% versus our estimate of 31.1%.
(5) The Job Speak Index is up 21% YoY on July 22, indicating a robust demand environment.
(6) Net cash amounts to Rs 37 billion and Zomato/Policybazaar accounts for 10/4% in SoTP.
The brokerage said: “We are forecasting a revenue CAGR of 25%, led by a CAGR of 28/20/-7/28% in recruiting/99acres/Jeevansathi/Shiksha over FY22-24E. EBITDA margin amounted to 34/38% for FY23/24E, leading to an EPS CAGR of 24% for FY22-24E.”
The power of the core
Infoedge had a strong quarter, with both revenue (+11.4% vs. quarter) and margin above estimates. Growth was driven by the core recruitment segment (+12.4% QoQ) while Shiksha/99acres posted growth of ~29/8% QoQ. Recruitment growth (Naukri) over the past 4-5 quarters has been fueled by strong hiring in the IT sector; this quarter, it was led by the non-IT sectors (BFSI, travel, infra and hospitality). Naukri, with a traffic share of around 80%, remains a top choice for newer/bulk hires, resulting in better prices. The real estate portal (99 acres) saw 35% year-over-year growth and will continue to be a vertical target with higher investments. Matchmaking business (Jeevansathi) is struggling despite heavy marketing spend and discounts. The company began offering entry-level packages for free to attract traffic to the wedding portal, which resulted in a decline in revenue of approximately 10% compared to the previous quarter.
Buy for a target price of Rs 5,070
Commenting on the stock, the brokerage said, “We expect Infoedge to post strong growth, driven by the recruiting/99acres/Shiksha segment and the margin to increase due to non-linearity (Naukri at 59.6 % EBITDA Margin).We increase estimate by 6-8% and maintain BUY with SoTP based TP of Rs 5,070, valuing Flagship Recruitment activity at 45x EV/EBITDA, allocating 5x EV/sales multiple at 99 acres and 3x to Jeevansathi and Shiksha, while Zomato and Policybazaar were awarded market value (~15% discount).”
About – Info Edge (India) Limited
Info Edge has a deep understanding of the Indian consumer internet domain. With years of experience in the field, strong cash flow generation and a diverse business portfolio, it is one of the very few profitable pure-play internet companies in the country.
The company was incorporated on May 1, 1995 under the Companies Act 1956 as Info Edge (India) Private Limited and became a limited company on April 27, 2006. Starting as a recruitment business in classified online, naukri.com, Info Edge has grown and diversified rapidly, setting benchmarks as a pioneer for others to follow. Driven by innovation, creativity, an experienced and talented management team and a strong corporate culture, it is now India’s leading online classifieds company in the areas of recruitment, marriage, real estate, education and related services.
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