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ICICI Sec calls Zomato a great value stock, expects co to surprise sceptics


MUMBAI: In a really contrarian tackle , brokerage agency ICICI Securities has initiated a bullish protection on shares of the meals tech supply firm suggesting that the inventory might see as a lot as 68 per cent upside from present ranges over the subsequent 12 months.

Zomato, a loss-making firm, has sparked a fierce debate on the Road over its valuation after rising as a lot as 70 per cent submit its debut on the inventory exchanges final month. “In our view Zomato is a superb worth inventory, in contrast to what the Road believes it to be,” the brokerage agency stated in a word launched on Saturday.

The brokerage agency has initiated protection on Zomato with a “excessive conviction purchase” name because it bets on the net meals aggregator to shock traders on the margin entrance and submit 46 per cent annualized progress in revenues over the subsequent 5 years.

ICICI Securities has set a Road excessive worth goal of Rs 220 on the inventory, implying a acquire of practically 68 per cent over the subsequent 12 months from its present market worth. Presently, shares of Zomato commerce at Rs 130.6 on the BSE.

“Regardless of restricted operational historical past and community impact, food-tech adoption at 16% within the Subsequent-500 cities is encouraging. With provide interventions and stronger community impact, we see scope for additional improve in adoption additionally given the decrease restaurant density right here,” the brokerage agency stated.

ICICI Securities is assured that the unlocking of the economic system submit the second wave will solely have a restricted impression on key metrics of Zomato because it continues to see sturdy restoration for the corporate submit the damaging impact of the primary wave of the pandemic.

In a non-consensus view, ICICI Securities argued that unit economics of Zomato might see a ‘J’ curve impact whereby its pre-ESOP margins might surge to eight per cent by 2022-23 as in opposition to the Road’s expectation of working revenue solely by 2024-25.

The brokerage agency stated that its worth goal of Rs 220 is relying on 22 million Indians ordering meals from Zomato solely 4 occasions a month in 2024-25. “It is a low bar provided that India ‘immediately’ has round 35 million bank cards and 114 million Paytm transacting customers who possible fall within the tremendous consumer class,” the brokerage home stated.

The brokerage stated that if Zomato’s low cost per order averages lower than Rs 15, which is the present base case for ICICI Securities, and engaging adjacencies are scaled up then that would pose upside danger to its estimates and its price-to-earnings a number of of 55 time two-year ahead earnings.

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