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CL Educate – Scaling The Educational Ladder

| 1/5/2017 2:40 PM Thursday

Education sector of the country has been thriving on the back of rising demand as India has the largest youth population as per United Nations report. India has a literacy rate of 74.04 per cent. Digital India, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and various other educational schemes are a boon to the industry. In this report, we will be looking at the forthcoming IPO of CL Educate, the education industry pioneer having experience of about 20 years.

ABOUT INDUSTRY 

The education sector is estimated to reach around Rs.7.8 lakh crore in FY17 and has tremendous potential to grow due to a huge demand-supply gap. Apart from the expansion in the conventional public and private sector education system in the form of schools and higher education institutes, the growth will also be backed by the non-formal private education sector like pre-schools, coaching institutes and vocational training centres, among others. There are lot of international collaborations with education institutions, along with joint ventures and merger and acquisitions with both foreign and domestic corporate players, which would further help the sector to grow. The share of state private universities out of the total universities in the country spiked to 29 per cent in FY15 from around 3 per cent in FY09. The rapid expansion of education sector in India is accompanied by a high student-teacher ratio in both school and higher education segments.

UNDERSTANDING BUSINESS CL

Educate focuses on diverse segments of education and across learners of multiple age-groups. The company's core ideology is firmly grounded on its focus on academic excellence, technological innovation and domain expertise built over close to two decades. The CL brand has diversified and established itself as a recognized brand in education sector. CL Educate operates across a broad spectrum of segments in the education industry, including test preparation, K-12 education and vocational training. CL Educate has diversified operations across six business segments spanning the education value chain, across learners of multiple age-groups. Led by a team of qualified professionals including IIT-IIM alumni, CL Educate has focused on shaping the lives and careers of many students in the twenty years of its existence.

IMPROVING FINANCIALS 

On the financial front, CL Educate's revenue increased 4.1 per cent to Rs.295 crore in FY16 as compared to the previous financial year. The company's EBITDA too rose 2.61 per cent to Rs.37.97 crore on a yearly basis. However, its EBITDA margin also contracted by 19 basis points to 12.88 per cent in FY16 as compared to the previous fiscal. CL Educate's PAT increased 2.27 per cent to Rs.21.46 crore in FY16 on a yearly basis. The company's PAT margin contracted 13 basis points to 7.28 per cent in FY16 as compared to the previous fiscal. On considering financials of previous five years of CL Educate, the company's topline has increased 23.6 per cent at CAGR in FY12-FY16. Its EBITDA too rose 23.66 per cent CAGR in the last five financial years ending with FY16. CL Educate's bottomline has increased tremendously from a net loss of Rs.5.8crore in FY12 to net profit of Rs.21.46 crore in FY16.

On the segmental revenue front, CL Educate has earned 15.04 per cent from sales of products, 79.02 per cent from sale of services and the remaining 5.94 per cent from others in FY16.

CONCLUSION 

There are lot of ongoing developments and initiatives taken by the government to improve education system in the country. At the same time, there are expectations from Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to announce massive reforms for the sector.

The industry demand will remain intact on the back of awareness about education in the rural areas. There is lot of competition amongst students to get entry into top colleges for their graduation and post-graduation. Career Launcher, backed by its strong experience in the industry, is coming up with an IPO. The fundamentals of the company are strong, its leverage is healthy and its total debt-to-equity ratio stands at 0.29x in FY16. The price band for the IPO has not been fixed, so we cannot value the company right now.

OUTLOOK FOR EDUCATION SECTOR IN 2017

As part of a post-demonetisation gift, the government could increase spending for the coming financial year on health, education, women and child development and related social sector schemes by 10-12 per cent. Meanwhile, this would run concurrently with the increased layout on social sector by state governments, after the Fourteenth Finance Commission (FFC) recommended that the state governments should spend more on schemes in health, education and other social sectors. The FFC had increased the devolution of taxes to states from the divisible pool, from 32 per cent to 42 per cent. However, it had reduced non-tax transfers.

 

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