Will MCX IPO revive the Primary market in India?


Initial Public Offering (IPO) has lost its sheen on the Dalal Street since a long time now. Invariably, the sentiment in the IPO market is directly proportional to the optimism-count in the secondary market.

Now that the market sentiment has improved since more than a month, led by brightening macroeconomic fundamentals of the economy; it’s high time that the primary market lights up its courtyard with a bandwagon of high-profile fund raising sprees.

On this note, what better than the MCX IPO, India’s largest commodity exchange by turnover, to mark the turn of events in the ailing primary market – it can easily be termed as mother of all the IPOs in the recent times.


The multi-commodity bourse MCX, which is also the 5th largest exchange in the world, is all set to hit the capital markets to raise up to Rs.663 crore. Investors can subscribe to the MCX IPO at a price band of Rs.860 to Rs.1032 per share starting from 22nd Feb to 24th Feb, 2012.

The Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) allows trading in over 40 commodities across sectors and accounts for almost 87% of the market share of the Indian commodity futures exchange industry. Interestingly, MCX is also the largest silver exchange in the world and 2nd largest gold, copper and natural gas exchange globally.



The listing will take MCX on par with other global exchanges such as NASDAQ, NYSE Euronext, CME Group and SGX. Moreover, the credit rating agency CRISIL has assigned the top-most rating of 5/5 for the MCX IPO indicating ‘strong fundamentals’ of this Indian exchange.

In its grading rationale, CRISIL has reaffirmed MCX’s leadership position in the Indian commodity futures market over the last four years, with a share of over 82% of the overall traded turnover in FY11, led by volumes in bullion, crude oil, copper and natural gas. ‘

The rating agency has also credited the company with a strong technology-backed trading platform, and infrastructure supported by its promoter Financial Technologies, apart from the exchange’s ability to provide high liquidity and low impact cost of transactions.

MCX IPO Details

  • Issue Period: Feb 22 to Feb 24
  • Issue Size: Public offer of 6,427,378 equity shares of Rs.10 each
  • Issue Type: 100% Book building
  • Price Range: Rs.860 to Rs.1032/-
  • Face Value: Rs.10/-
  • Market Lot: 6 equity shares
  • IPO Grading: 5/5 (CRISIL)

Over the last 3 years, MCX has benefited from volume explosion in bullion trades, especially, gold and silver. While gold volumes have remained constant over the last year, the silver volumes have been the top driver in commodity-wise contribution based on traded value for MCX since FY11. In order to further spur its volumes from bullion trades, recently, MCX has introduced Gold Mini and Silver Micro contracts, which are aimed at local and retail investors.

VALUATIONS: At the upper price band of Rs.1032, the issue is reasonably priced at 18 times, based on annualized FY12 earnings – which are lower in terms of valuations as compared to other exchanges and relatively slower growth rates. Investors can subscribe the IPO from both listing gains and long-term investment perspective.

Grey Market Premium for MCX IPO: Rs.300-350 per share

  1. Roshni Bhatia says

    Negatives: If CTT is introduced in the upcoming Budget 2012, volumes are likely to get hit in MCX as well just like STT hit trading volumes for equities. Also, increase in volumes is mainly due to increase in prices of gold/silver- volatility in these prices could also largely afftect volumes. One should even keep that in mind. Positives: MCX is known for introducing innovative products and also diversify into new areas/increase share in agri commodities in which it doesnt have as strong hold as it has in metals.

  2. Aditi Mishra says

    hope it does…

  3. Altaf Rahman says

    On positive side :
    First IPO in its own business circle. Just like Coal India IPO.
    Business figures look good. Turnover going up, profitability going up.
    GMP of 300 is already an established fact that listing gains are assured.

    Negetive side :
    Has postponed IPO twice till market move up to come out with IPO. Looks like opportunistic.
    A price of Rs.1,000 looks visually expensive for a FV 10 stock (specially for retail investors) Professionals know
    During Coal India IPO, retail limit was 1 lakh and the IPO was super hit. During MOIL IPO retail limit was raised to 2 lakhs. Due to this HNIs subscribed in the garb of retail to benifit. HNIs shared the benifits of retail on the listing day gains. Genuene retail investors burnt their fingers.
    I am giving it a miss (for no obvious reason other than it being the first IPO after market recovery and dont want to take risk on market sentiment)
    If this IPO is a hit, then I will wait for Aegis and other IPOs.
    Just my two paisa :)

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