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Paytm Shares 75 percent Plunge Is Worlds Worst In Decade Among Large IPOs

India November 24(IM): One 97 Communications Ltd., the operator of Indias largest digital payments provider known as Paytm, has capped the worst first year share plunge among large IPOs over the past decade and the pain is worsening.

The company, whose founder compared its challenges to those faced by Tesla Inc. shortly after the listing, has seen its stock erase 75 per cent of its market value one year after its dollar 2.4 billion offering, the largest on record at the time in India.

The dive is the steepest first year slide globally among IPOs that raised at least the same amount since Spains Bankia SAs 82 per cent drop in 2012, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

Paytms grim first anniversary underscores an erosion of confidence in its ability to become profitable after debuting at a time when Indias IPO market was enamored with tech startups. Its one among a slew of startups that listed with valuations seen by many as exaggerated.

The stocks losses have deepened this week amid concerns over the emergence of a potential competitor owned by Indias biggest conglomerate.

Last week, Japans SoftBank Group Corp. sold shares it held in Paytm as a lock up period set in the IPO expired, fueling a three day slide.

Novembers 30 per cent slide has taken its decline from the IPO price of rupees 2,150 to 79 per cent.

Tech Rout

Tech stocks globally have been sold off as investors shun loss making firms amid a deteriorating macroeconomic environment, JM Financial Ltd. analysts led by Sachin Dixit wrote in a note this week.

This feedback has been well received by company managements and we are seeing all Indian internet companies not just prioritizing profitability but also communicating the path forward explicitly, they wrote.

Paytm shares were sold at the top of a marketed range after an offering that attracted strong demand from individuals and funds, although they never traded above the listing price.

The sale attracted traditional global stock pickers such as BlackRock Inc. and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

In every rally, the market as a whole gets too excited about something, said Shridatta Bhandwaldar, head of equities at Canara Robeco Asset Management.

In 2006 to 2008, we got too excited about construction companies and capital goods companies. In 2013 to 2014, we got too excited about midcaps. In 2017 to 2019 we got extremely excited about non banking financial companies and in 2020 to 2022 people were just too excited about technology.

Some of these companies have good business models, he said, adding that still, you feel there is not enough margin of safety because these are evolving businesses.

source : NDTV

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