TPL Trakker to raise Rs1.38bn from IPO

The company will offer 115.7m shares in the IPO at a floor price of Rs12 per share

KARACHI: TPL Trakker, a tracking service company, will be conducting an Initial Public Offering (IPO) of shares later this month, in what will be the second IPO of 2020. 

The subscription dates are set for July 22 and 23. Through the IPO, the company is looking to raise Rs1.38 billion.

TPL Trakker, which is Pakistan’s largest vehicle and cargo tracking business, will offer 115.7 million shares in total, or 49 per cent of its stake, in the IPO at a floor price of Rs12 per share. The size of the issue is a base issue of 58.3 million ordinary shares, with a greenshoe option of 57.4 million shares. 

Habib Bank is the corporate advisor, while Arif Habib Ltd is the consultant for this transaction.

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In an IPO, a company offers shares to the public in return for capital it can use, usually for expansion or operational purposes. A greenshoe option refers to the right to sell investors more shares than initially planned by the issuer, if the demand for an issue is higher than expected. 

The Rs1.38 billion expected to be raised will be used for a variety of reasons. 

First, the company wants to expand its container tracking business for cargo that passes to Afghanistan, in dry-ports and for CPEC cargo. This is expected to cost around Rs323 million.  The company will also spend Rs94 million on IT infrastructure, around Rs80 million on maps data acquisition, and Rs100 million on working capital for hardware.

It will also pay back the interest on commercial paper to investors, worth around Rs89 million, and pay back the loan of Rs700 million to TPL Corp, its parent company. 

What is TPL Trakker?

Initially, the company TPL Trakker Limited was incorporated in Pakistan in December 2008, and was listed on the PSX in 2012. In 2017, TPL Trakker Limited was renamed TPL Corp Limited, which now controlled TPL Insurance and so on, while the data location and tracking services were incorporated into a separate company, called TPL Trakker Ltd. This is a 100pc owned subsidiary of TPL Corp Limited. After this issue, TPL Corp will hold a 67.38pc shareholding in the company.

TPL Trakker’s core business revolves around three core segments, which are car tracking,

digital mapping and location services, and industrial internet of things solutions. After being given the go-ahead in 2013, the company also tracks cargo containers, and to date has monitored more than 400,000 container trips. The company’s stolen vehicle recovery service has recovered more than Rs7 billion worth of vehicles till date and has a recovery rate for more than 90pc. 

In 2019, the company’s revenue stood at Rs1.77 billion, while its net profit decreased by 62.8pc to Rs36 million. Its debt to equity ratio stood at 136pc, while its earnings per share stood at Rs0.36.

In its prospectus, TPL Trakker said the penetration of automobiles is extremely low in Pakistan with approximately 13 cars per 1,000 inhabitants, compared to 206 cars per 1,000 in Thailand and 60 cars per 1000 in Indonesia. “Thus the automobile market in Pakistan is poised to attain higher growth,” it noted. 

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Meiryum Ali
The author is a member of the staff and can be reached at [email protected]

5 COMMENTS

  1. Hi !

    I shall appreciate if someone can guide me about this opportunity of buying TPL IPO @ Rs.12 I wonder why one would buy the IPO @ Rs.12 when the TPL shares are trading below Rs.7 in the market almost half of the price, please guide me if I am wrong.

    Regards

    • Hi, I appreciate ur question and I have the same concern about market price and IPO, and even the past history of TPL market share is not as good. I think it is not beneficial at this point.

  2. This could be a pump and dump news… Why a company which is already in the market would do an IPO while it can issue rights to raise capital ?

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