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Onmobile Global’s Primary Shareholder Makes Open Offer Of Rs 47.6 Crore For 10% Of Co

A much awaited offer for Onmobile Global* shareholders: after several conference calls where shareholders were asking the company to buy back shares, its largest shareholder Onmobile Systems Inc has made an open offer for 10.03% of the company’s shares for a total consideration of Rs 47.6 crore (around $7.6M), offering existing shareholders an opportunity to exit at Rs 40 per share for maximum of 11,900,000 shares. This is a voluntary open offer, which allows any shareholders that want to exit, an option. More here.

The Onmobile shares closed today at a price of Rs 30.4, up Rs 1.4 for the day.

At Rs 40 per share, the offer price is:
– 31.58% (Rs 9.6) higher than the current price of Rs 30.4. At that price, this open offer would have cost Onmobile Rs 36.17 crore
– 4.31% (Rs 1.8) lower than the 52 week high of Rs 41.8. At that price, this open offer  would have cost the company Rs 49.74 crore
– 2.1 times (and Rs 20.95 higher) than the 52 week low of Rs 19.05. At that price, this open offer would have cost the company Rs 22.67 crore.

Onmobile’s current market cap is Rs 347 crore, with a free-float of Rs 225 crore.

While technically, this is not a buyback from Onmobile Global, it is in the same vein: financial / retail investors are getting an exit, and Onmobile Systems Inc’s shareholdering is increasing. This offer can also been seen as Argo Capital, which owns 74.7% of the voting share capital in Onmobile Systems, as going all in. Onmobile Systems currently owns 32.88% of the fully diluted voting share capital in Onmobile Global, and post acquisition, this will increase to 42.9%. Note that Tony Haight, the President and CEO of Onmobile Systems Inc is the Chairman of Onmobile Global, and Mouli Raman, the CEO of Onmobile Global, is also a shareholder in Onmobile Systems Inc.

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This offer comes on the back of a challenging quarter (Q3-FY14) for the company, wherein it reported a net profit of Rs 3 crore on revenues of Rs 204.3 crore, excluding Livewire, which it acquired last year.

Buyback Pressure

In July 2012, OnMobile Global had completed a buyback, essentially buying back a total of 4 million shares worth Rs 23,76,20,381, at Rs 59.41 per share. The current offer is Rs 19.41 (and 32.67%) lower. That was a particularly turbulent time for the company, which it now appears to have emerged from.

There has been sustained pressure from shareholders on Onmobile for a buyback. A shareholder (a fund) on Q1-FY14 conference call had, once again, made a case for a buyback, saying: “At the current rate of Rs 21, we (OnMobile) are at Rs 240 crore of market cap, and the cash is Rs 180 crores. We really strongly feel that there could be a policy where incremental cashflows, after even paying for Livewire, be used first for a buyback. Even a small amount of Rs 25-50 crore, would be good enough to restructure the capital structure. Secondly, there can be a payout policy of 40-50%, and that can, in addition to the buyback, because buyback I think very very strongly, has to be done at this level, that is my recommendation…” In response to a non-committal response, the shareholder had then said “You have a huge amount of cash, and all your business plans can go on. Also between buybacks and dividends, this is the best time a capital structure could be handled. This time, if we don’t have to service that equity for next 10-20 years, if we do the buyback today…” More here.

Before that, there had been calls for a buyback at the end of FY13, as well as in Q3-FY13.


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Founder @ MediaNama. TED Fellow. Asia21 Fellow @ Asia Society. Co-founder SaveTheInternet.in and Internet Freedom Foundation. Advisory board @ CyberBRICS

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.



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