RIL’s Market Capitalization Crosses INR 8 Trillion

On August 23, 2018, the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) became the first Indian company to reach INR 8 trillion market capitalization. RIL’s share prices increased by 1.86 percent, closing at INR 1,269.70, on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). In 2018, RIL’s shares witnessed a surge of almost 38 percent.

RIL’s market capitalization growth

RIL now has a market capitalization of INR 8.05 trillion. Information from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) attributed this to Reliance Jio, which is the telecom wing of the RIL and it has continued to acquire subscribers at a strong pace. As a result, the Indian benchmark Sensex Index rose by 0.13 percent to 38,336.76 points.

After the announcement of Reliance JioGigaFiber, Reliance Jio’s broadband service and the JioPhone 2, investors continued to purchase RIL shares. Margins are also strengthened by attractive tariff plans and a larger subscription base.

According to the data from TRAI, Reliance Jio acquired 9.71 million users in June 2018, crossing a 215 million subscriber base. Reliance Jio also showed market share gain from 18.7 percent in May to 18.78 percent in June.

RIL’s results of the June quarter also delighted investors, as it showed that the retail and telecom financials have shown a steady improvement.

Reliance Jio’s performance in 2018

In July 2018, Reliance Jio showed a profit of INR 612 crore, for the quarter ending in June. This represented a 19.9 percent increase on a sequential basis over revenue of INR 8,109 crore from operations.

During the March 2018 quarter, Reliance Jio reported revenue of INR 7,128 crore, with a net profit of INR 510 crore. Supported by rapid store expansion, organized retail also reported a 123.7 percent increase in revenue, at INR 25,890 crore.

Report from Morgan Stanley

On August 16, 2018, Morgan Stanley stated in a report that RIL’s retail business is valued at F20e EV/sales of 0.8x, which is in keeping with the average of another Bloomberg-based consensus of comparable competition in retail. Morgan Stanley values telecom investments at an EV/IC multiple of 0.9x, which is the target. They have based their target multiple on the valuation of Reliance Jio’s F21e Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (EBITDA) at an EV/EBITDA multiple of 7.5x, and then discounting it back by using a 12 percent discount rate. Based on the Bloomberg consensus estimates, Morgan Stanley’s 7.5x multiple is in keeping with where the other telecom companies in India are currently trading.

Opinions of analysts

Industry analysts expect strong earnings growth momentum from RIL. This is thanks to the ramp-up of RIL’s project of petcoke gasification and the recently commissioned off-gas cracker refinery.

On the condition of anonymity, an analyst stated that in line with the analysts’ expectations, Reliance Jio has continued to show a healthy subscriber momentum. The focus will stay on generating more subscribers and driving user engagement.

Summary: RIL has become the first Indian company to reach INR 8 trillion market capitalization. This is due to the strong performance of Reliance Jio, Reliance Retail, and RIL’s newly announced gasification projects.

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