Zee is likely to bring its regional general entertainment channels under Zee Entertainment
Enterprises Ltd (Zeel), moving it away from Zee News Ltd (ZNL).
transfer will involve a share swap ratio, which will be arrived at after valuing
the regional GECs. ZNL will be left with the news channels that have a FDI (foreign
direct investment) cap of 26 per cent.
idea is to capture the value of the rapidly growing regional GECs under Zeel.
"The news portfolio is not growing as fast as the regional entertainment
channels. The regional GECs will capture higher multiples under Zeel," says
a media analyst who closely tracks Zee.
will be hard hit if the regional GECs move out unless it is compensated by other
assets. Zee, however, is building a bouquet of regional news channels and has
plans to launch an English news channel.
market cap of over Rs 10 billion is largely because of the regional GECs. But,
on the other hand, the new business losses like Zee Tamil will move out of ZNL.
The challenge for ZNL, however, will be to ensure high topline growth," says
runs Hindi general news channel Zee News, Hindi business news
channel Zee Business, Zee 24 Taas (Marathi), Zee 24 Gantalu
(Telugu), Zee News UP, 24 Ghante (Bengali news channel where
it has a joint venture stake) and Zee 24 Ghante Chhattisgarh
will, however, emerge stronger if the board decides to get the regional GECs under
it. Zee Marathi and Zee Bangla are leading this revenue growth while Zee Telugu
has achieved break even status.
market cap of Zeel is over Rs 100 billion. It is but natural to give more attention
to the stronger company even if it comes at the cost of ZNL. In any case, ZNL's
scrip price was not getting a proper push despite the presence of the regional
GECs. ZNL's shareholders will also be given shares of Zeel based on the swap ratio
if the board decides to keep the TV news business under one entity," says
a senior executive at a broking firm.