In FY 2022-23, the stock market might have disappointed investors in terms of providing adequate returns. However, as per a recent publication by the Times of India, it has been notably a great year for the public share sale of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Like regular listing of shares of the companies, SMEs too can list their shares on a dedicated exchange i.e., the SME exchange. In the last year, performance of SME shares was surprising as it earned huge returns for investors. Let’s take a look at the figures:
The performance of SME IPOs is noteworthy and surprising considering that the equity markets failed to perform last year. As per the experts, the past performance of SME IPOs in the last two years lured HNI and retail investors to invest in this segment. Investments that generate profits over a period of time attracts investors. In the recent past, several SME IPOs turned out to be multi-baggers. However, it is difficult to predict how many of the newly listed stocks will do well in the long run. Many investors turn stag. They exit the market on the day of listing.
However, here is a word of caution. Many experts say that investing in SME IPO does come with a risk of losing the entire capital. One of the key reasons is that there is not much data available relating to SME companies in the public domain. They are not traced by the analysts as well. Therefore, retail investors should remain cautious then they consider investing in SME IPOs. This is because it is difficult to assess the quality and expertise of management as most of the companies do not have a long performance record. Investors can use the balance sheet, valuations and business model while making an investment decision.
MSME and SMEs represent 40%-45% of India’s manufacturing and industrial GDP. The scope of MSMEs and SMEs to tap the market is huge considering that the cumulative market capitalisation of the SME stocks is less than Rs. 1 trillion. The SME sector has been facing liquidity issues. A recent working paper released by IPO emphasized that such IPOs need more participation from institutional investors.
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