I have posted on NIIT tech earlier here. I had done a quick back of the envelope calculation and uploaded the same in the google groups – see the file valuationtemplatev3NIITtemp.xls. I have been asked on the logic of the valuation via comments and emails. So here goes,

Following are the assumptions in the valuation
–        Topline will grow by around 10% per annum for the next 2-3 years
–        PBT margins will drop from 17% to around 10% in 2-3 years
–        New tax rate will increase from around 15% to 25%
–        Net margins will drop from the current 14.5 % to 7% due to the above factors.

I personally think, the above assumptions are very conservative. It is possible that the company can do worse than this, but based on current facts, I think that is a low probability.

So based on the above assumptions the net profit for 2010 is around 90 Crs. I have taken a multiplier of 14 and added the cash on books to arrive at a rough valuation of around 1550 Crs (I have also added the pending options to the share count).

To see what a PE of 14 means, please look at the spreadsheet quantitative calculation – worksheet ROC and PE. Look for the DCF calculation with ROC of 25% (approximate ROE for NIIT tech). A growth of 8% for 3-4 years gives a PE of 14. So I am talking of a growth of 7-8% in profits after 2010.

The valuation is dependent on the assumptions above. Ofcourse these assumptions are not set in stone. If the US market goes into a deep recession or the management does something very negative, then the netprofit could be lower than what I have assumed. If you believe that the market is pricing NIIT tech correctly, then your underlying assumption is that the company is going to fall off the cliff in the next 2-3 years (basically shutdown in the next 3-4 years).

Based on the past performance and this quarter’s result, I don’t see any reason to believe that. However I can and will change my mind if the future invalidates my assumptions. So as I have said before, please do not consider my analysis as a recommendation for the stock.

As an aside, I have received the maximum number of emails and comments on this stock. Its not too surprising as a lot of readers of this blog are from the IT industry and tend to invest more in IT stocks.

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