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Is the Myer prospectus hot?

Is the Myer prospectus hot?

I’m not talking about the front cover.

The current owners, including TPG and the Myer family, plan on raising $1.9b to $2.8b to exit the business. (Yes, the Myer family indicate on Page 33 that they may sell 100% of their shares).

$315 million will be used to pay down debt and $100 million odd are frictional costs associated with the float. The rest will go to Private Equity and the Myer Family.

Upon listing, the business will trade with a market capitalisation of somewhere between $2,282m and $2,768m.

What, however, is the business worth?

With all the relevant data to value the business now available and using the pro-forma accounts supplied in the prospectus, I value the company at between $2.67 and $2.78, substantially below the $3.90 to $4.90 being requested. It appears to me that the float favours existing shareholders rather than new investors.

Investing safely in the share market requires a wonderful business and a rational price. Myer is arguably now a much better business than it was, but the price being requested is even hotter than the cover.

By Roger Montgomery, 28 September 2009

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2 Comments

  1. Dear Roger,
    Yes I did ask for a Myer prospectus and I shall not be buying them, seeing you don’t like them either.
    Cheers Les W

  2. An excellent analysis of Myer. A must to read for all potential Myer investors. Great work Roger. Thanks. Thisbe

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