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Standard Chartered IDR : “Opportunity in Crisis”

Standard Chartered IDR : “Opportunity in Crisis”

By Jagannadham Thunuguntla

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The bad market conditions are putting pressure on the ongoing IPO of Standard Chartered IDR. However, if one closely observes, there is some opportunity emerging in the Standard Chartered IDR.

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What’s the trade?

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When the price of Indian IDR was fixed, the trading price of the Standard Chartered Plc share on London Stock Exchange was trading in the range of GBP 15.5.

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However, thanks to the stabilization of the global equity markets in the past 2 to 3 trading sessions, the price of the Standard Chartered Plc on London stock exchange has reached to the tune of GBP 16.82 on Thursday closing. Hence, the Indian rupee translation of the trading price in London stock exchange works out to the equivalent price of Rs 1140. As, there is 10:1 exchange rate, the effective equivalent price of Standard Chartered Indian IDR works out to Rs 114.

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If one observes, the Standard Chartered IDR issue book is getting built at the lower end of Rs 100.

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So, the institutional investors and large HNIs can take this opportunity, by simply applying for IDRs in the Indian public issue; and shorting the share in the London stock exchange. Hence, there is a spread of Rs. 14 (that is, between Rs. 114 and Rs. 100), that is 14%.

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This trade is more fascinating, especially, on the back of the fact that recently the listing days from the closure of the issue have been reduced to 12 days from the erstwhile 22 days. So, 14% is the spread available for a trade of just 12 days.

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Further, it is appearing that the IPO book will at best get barely subscribed one time. Hence, there is no risk of oversubscription. So, whoever applies is assured of allotment. Hence, as there is no spill-over risk due to oversubscription, this trade can really work well.

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It seems there is a clear 14% opportunity in just 12 days for institutions and large HNIs.

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Even if we assume that the final issue price will be in line with the Rs 104 per IDR, as applied by the Anchor investors, still there is Rs 10 spread (that is, between Rs 114 and Rs. 104), that is to the tune of about 10%.

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The couple of assumptions that need to be highlighted are:

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(a) The IDR issue will be able to get closed successfully and will not get called off; and

(b) The currency risk is properly hedged

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Conclusion

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As this is the first ever IDR issue in India, the learning curve will be steeper for every one associated in the value chain, regarding the concept and nuances of the modus operandi. As always, the “first mover advantage” can prove to be invaluable.

China pips Germany to Become World’s No.1 Exporter

China is world’s No. 1 exporter

China has become the world’s largest exporter surpassing Germany, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has said.

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China piped Germany—which held the No. 1 slot since 2003—by a slim margin of $10 million after exporting goods worth $521.7 billion in the first half of 2009.

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The latest figures have put China and Germany in a desperate race to establish themselves firmly at the zenith in 2009-end and in 2010.

Independent experts, including a WTO economist, have said it’s still too early to say that China would remain ahead of Germany by the end of 2009.

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But elated Chinese economists have predicted that the country will continue to grow and never give up this special position which it has achieved for the first time.

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China will surpass Japan to become the world’s second-biggest economy this year if the exchange rate factor did not come in the way, as expected by experts.

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China’s exports to all its 12 major trading partners have risen rapidly in the past two years.

China’s share in the trade of these 12 countries, including the US and European countries, climbed from 16.2% during the first quarter to 19.3% in early 2008.

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The WTO had predicted last July that China would pass Germany as the largest exporter in 2009.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said the ratio of China’s foreign trade to global trade will increase from the current 8.7% to 10% when the global economy recovers.

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However experts have a piece of advise for Chinese exporters that their is need for them to shift their focus to emerging markets—instead of the US and Europe—to enhance their competitiveness.

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China has become the world’s largest exporter surpassing Germany, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has said. China piped Germany—which held the No. 1 slot since 2003—by a slim margin of $10 million after exporting goods worth $521.7 billion in the first half of 2009.

The latest figures have put China and Germany in a desperate race to establish themselves firmly at the zenith in 2009-end and in 2010. Independent experts, including a WTO economist, have said it’s still too early to say that China would remain ahead of Germany by the end of 2009. But elated Chinese economists, including Li Daokui of Tsinghua University, have predicted that the country will continue to grow and never give up this special position which it has achieved for the first time.

“The figure is not surprising, thanks to the nation’s growing economic strength. And possibilities are high that the momentum will continue,’’ Li was quoted in the official media as saying.

China will surpass Japan to become the world’s second-biggest economy this year if the exchange rate factor did not come in the way, Cai Haitao, inspector of the department of policy research under the ministry of commerce, was quoted in the official media as saying.

China’s exports to all its 12 major trading partners have risen rapidly in the past two years. China;s share in the trade of these 12 countries, including the US and European countries, climbed from 16.2% during the first quarter to 19.3% in early 2008.

The WTO had predicted last July that China would pass Germany as the largest exporter in 2009. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said the ratio of China’s foreign trade to global trade will increase from the current 8.7% to 10% when the global economy recovers.

Cai advised that Chinese exporters need to shift their focus to emerging markets—instead of the US and Europe—to enhance their competitiveness.