Last week I had an oppurtunity to visit a BMC office in Mumbai for the birth certificate of my son and marriage certificate for my sister. I was mentally prepared for a long day ahead given the track record of govt and semi govt organisations in rendering citizen services. But to be very honest, was pleasantly surprised at the service which was mainly due to computerisation. Everything was promptly feeded in, approved and certificates handed over after signature of appropriate authority. Co-incedently I had just finsihed the first read of One up on Wall street and it was time for some practical application of my readings.
Just checked who did the whole linking and computerisation process and the name of ABM Knowledgeware cropped up. Still in the midst of detailed research but would like to put out some findings straight away. Fellow members are requested to give their comments
ABM is a Mumbai based IT company specialising in e-governance.
After successful implementation of its solutions in Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan Dombivali municipality, its package is now approved to be implemented across all 231 municipal bodies in Maharashtra.
Its package is also shortlisted by Urban Development body of Central Government for recommendation to municipal bodies across all other states.
Debt free. Generating good free cash flow each year as expected with an IT company
Available at PE of 6 FY12 earnings
Promoter and group holdings at 82%
Such companies dealing with govt bodies enjoy business moat due to detailed understanding of govt processes and high switching costs for govt
Consistent dividend paying company which is being raised every year
Current market cap of Rs. 83 crores. Cash balance as on 31/03/11 Rs. 13 crores. This is after spending Rs. 16 crores on capital WIP. Still unclear what this WIP is since before this the gross block is only 3.60 crores.
Company is now in a position to replicate its success in other states.
Low instituional holdings. No coverage by analysts. Small local company but growing fast.
Company has already appointed executives to venture into other states. This is also reflected in payroll cost which doubled in FY11 and is showing an increasing trend in Q1FY12.