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Business News/ Markets / Stock Markets/  Will Adani stocks escape bears this week? 20,000 cr FPO, Hindenburg case in focus

Will Adani stocks escape bears this week? ₹20,000 cr FPO, Hindenburg case in focus

Adani's FPO alongside its actions against Hindenburg are some of the key factors that will influence its listed stocks on market bourses in the week ahead.

Last week, on Friday, majority of Adani Group stocks hit their lower circuit which meant that there existed multiple sellers but no buyers. (REUTERS)Premium
Last week, on Friday, majority of Adani Group stocks hit their lower circuit which meant that there existed multiple sellers but no buyers. (REUTERS)

The overwrought selling in Adani stocks last week dragged the broader market. January 27th turned into a black Friday for the billionaire Gautam Adani-backed group's seven listed stocks, which were battered to the point majority of them froze to their lower circuits. While some of them nosedived into double-digit drops. The losses were overwhelming. Also, the 20,000 crore worth follow-on public offer (FPO) faced the heat of an amassed selloff. All because of a research report by a US-based firm accusing Adani over stock manipulation and fraud schemes. Adani's FPO alongside its actions against Hindenburg are some of the key factors that will influence its listed stocks on market bourses in the week ahead.

Last week, on Friday, the majority of Adani Group stocks hit their lower circuits, which meant that there existed multiple sellers but no buyers.

Three Adani stocks namely Adani Transmission, Adani Green Energy, and Adani Total Gas closed at 20% lower circuits each on January 27th. While Adani Power and Adani Wilmar also took a beating to get locked at 5% lower circuits each. Further, Adani Ports also struggled and tumbled by over 16% at the end of the day.

Meanwhile, Adani's flagship company, Adani Enterprises, which launched its FPO on Friday, plummeted by at least 20% before closing at 2,762.15 apiece on the BSE.

The massacre in Adani stocks led to a steep correction in Gautam Adani's net worth. Asia's richest man's wealth is to the tune of $92.7 billion as of January 29, holding a seventh rank at the Bloomberg Billionaire Index.

According to the index, Adani's net worth has dropped by $20.8 billion at the latest. However, year-to-date, Adani's wealth has dipped by $27.9 billion.

Not just that, Adani's stocks selloff also weighed down on the broader markets performance, with benchmarks Sensex and Nifty 50 diving by 2% each on Friday. By end of day, Sensex closed at 59,330.90, down by 874.16 points or 1.45%, while Nifty 50 shed 287.60 points or 1.61% to finish at 17,604.35.

Ajit Mishra, VP - Technical Research of Religare Broking said, the carnage in the Adani group stocks cascaded across the board and the banking sector faced the maximum pressure. Participants were already facing challenges due to mixed global cues and caution ahead of the Union Budget and this breakdown has further added to worries.

In the week between January 23rd to 27th, Adani Wilmar and Adani Total Gas stock has dropped by around 7% each. Adani Power's weekly drop is around 10%. Adani Enterprises shares plunged by around 20% this week. The worst hit were Adani Transmission stock tumbling by nearly 27% in the week followed by Adani Green Energy and Adani Ports equity shares which have dipped by nearly 25% and 23% respectively, on Dalal Street.

The chaos in Adani stocks comes after a New York-based investment research firm, Hindenburg Research, accused Adani of stock manipulation and fraud schemes.

Hindenburg's research report dated January 24, said, "we reveal the findings of our 2-year investigation, presenting evidence that the 17.8 trillion ($218 billion) Indian conglomerate Adani Group has engaged in a brazen stock manipulation and accounting fraud scheme over the course of decades."

However, Adani's top management had denied Hindenburg's accusations, calling the research report of latter as "maliciously mischievous, unresearched report". The management has also called Hindenburg's report as principal objective of damaging Adani's 20,000 crore FPO, which is one of the biggest follow-on public offers in India. Also, Adani has given detailed clarity over the accusations by Hindenburg.

Read here: 'Myths of short seller': Adani gives point by point reply to Hindenberg's allegations

Will selloffs in Adani stocks continue this week?

As per Nirav Karkera, Research Head at Fisdom, Adani group stocks have been challenging investor sentiments through a variety of concerns. Right from a burgeoning debt structure to rich or grotesquely expensive valuations depending on the entity and valuation methodology employed, these concerns have pushed investors to the edge of their seats. However, the recent report seems to be the straw that broke the camel's back.

Adani's FPO will stay in focus as well. On the first day of the issue, Adani Enterprises recorded bidding of merely 4,70,160 equity shares against the offered size of 4,55,06,791 equity shares, as per BSE data. The price band for the FPO is set from 3,112 to 3,276 per FPO equity share for all categories of investors.

Adani has ruled out the possibilities of making changes in its FPO despite lacklustre demand on Day 1 due to a steep selloff after Hindenburg's allegations. The group has stated that Adani Enterprises will continue its FPO as per schedule and on the announced price band. Hence, there will be no change in the FPO.

Karkera explained that with the ongoing FPO priced at a premium to AEL's post-correction share prices and the group's stance to continue with the FPO schedule and pricing exudes confidence, but a reflection of the same in investor sentiment is questionable.

Apart from this, Adani's stances on Hindenburg's allegations will be keenly watched ahead. Reports have stated that a legal lawsuit is likely in the offing by Adani against the US-based research firm.

Further, Karkera added, "The initial and sharp decline appears to be majorly led by individual investors, some domestic institutions and trading entities. The bulk of ownership across most entities belonging to the group is retained by select domestic and foreign institutions and other promoter group entities. With such a steep drawdown already taken effect and the slim probability of institutional entities selling at this point, prices could move largely within the range unless further developments trigger otherwise."

Going forward, Fisdom expert believes adani stocks to remain range-bound with limited downside and a potential to surprise strongly on the upside.

Meanwhile, Dr. V K Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist at Geojit Financial Services, Adani stocks are likely to continue under pressure due to the fallout from the Hindenburg report. The elevated valuations of Adani stocks are a serious concern.

Also, Manish Chowdhury, Head of Research at Stoxbox said, "with lots of noise around Adani Group shares over the last two days, it is advisable for investors to stay away from them till clarity emerges on the various controversial remarks from the US-based Hindenburg Research."


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Published: 29 Jan 2023, 01:06 PM IST
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