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Research Primary Market IPO NOTE: AWFIS SPACE SOLUTIONS LIMITED

IPO NOTE: AWFIS SPACE SOLUTIONS LIMITED

Written by - Fisdom Research

May 26, 2024 9 minutes

Company Background

Awfis offers a comprehensive range of flexible workspace solutions, catering to diverse needs ranging from individual flexible desk requirements to customized office spaces tailored for startups, small and medium enterprises, and large corporations, including multinational corporations. As of December 31, 2023, Awfis stands as the largest flexible workspace solutions provider in India, boasting the highest number of centers. It holds the top rank among the top five benchmarked players in the flexible workspace segment and maintains a presence in 16 cities across the country. Additionally, Awfis serves over 2,295 clients and operates in 52 micro markets across India.

Company Key Highlights

Established in December 2014, Awfis Space Solutions Limited is a leading workspace provider in India, offering a diverse range of flexible workspace solutions tailored to individuals, startups, SMEs, and large corporations. The company’s primary offerings include co-working spaces, customized office solutions, and mobility services, complemented by ancillary services such as food and beverages, IT support, infrastructure facilities, and event hosting.

  • Leadership in a large and growing marketplace:

The company ranks first among the top five flexible workspace players in India, with a presence in 16 cities and the largest footprint in Tier 2 cities. The market for flexible workspaces is projected to reach 282 million square feet and ₹474-592 billion by 2026. Leasing is expected to grow at a CAGR of 18-19% in Tier 1 cities from 2022 to 2026, and demand in Tier 2 cities is projected to reach 8.5 to 9 million square feet by 2026, nearly 1.7 times the supply as of December 31, 2023. As the largest player, the company is well-positioned to capture this growth.

  • Innovating in the flexible workspace industry with the adoption of the MA model:

The company has revolutionized workspaces with its unique MA model, shifting away from traditional coworking practices. Awfis increased the proportion of operational seats under the MA model from 46.37% in FY2021 to 66.43% by December 31, 2023. This approach has reduced capital expenditure per seat to around ₹50,000, compared to ₹80,000-₹200,000 for top Indian operators in 2023. The MA model benefits both the space owner and the company by sharing risks and rewards. Awfis’s strong unit economics and execution expertise make the MA model a key differentiator, setting the company apart from its peers. 

  • Diverse space sourcing and demand strategies:

 The company’s diverse supply sourcing strategy caters to all segments of the Indian commercial office market, from organized to unorganized sectors, serving freelancers, startups, SMEs, and MNCs across different seat cohorts. Offerings range from value-based solutions like Awfis to 

premium options like Awfis Gold. This diversification helps de-risk the business model and drive growth. 

  • Growth through an integrated platform approach:

Awfis aims to provide customized solutions to meet the diverse needs of clients across various demographics, seat cohorts, and industry sectors. The company’s flexible workspace solutions, including Awfis Transform and Awfis Care, cover a wide range of workspace requirements. Through backward integration with Awfis Transform, it offers design and build services, and through forward integration with Awfis Care, it provides facility management services on behalf of space owners. This integrated approach caters to unique client needs, offering a comprehensive, one-stop solution and distinguishing Awfis from its competitors. 

Key Business Strengths 

  • Awfis holds the largest flexible workspace footprint in Tier 2 cities among top operators, enhancing regional economic development and workspace standards.
  • Experienced and diverse senior management team.
  • Dominance in a substantial and expanding market landscape.
  • Leading innovation in the flexible workspace industry by embracing the MA model.

Key Risks to Business

  • Awfis’s rapid expansion, marked by a significant rise in operational seats between 2021 and 2023, could potentially strain financial and operational resources.
  • The company has a history of net losses, negative earnings per share (EPS) and return on net worth (RoNW).
  • Given that the business has grown rapidly, the company may fail to manage the growth effectively.
  • The company has experienced negative cash flows in previous fiscals and may continue to have negative cash flows in the future.

Fisdom Research Assessment:

Awfis, a prominent player in India’s rapidly expanding workspace solutions market, leverages an integrated platform approach to address diverse space sourcing and demand needs. Despite showing promising top-line growth, the company faces significant challenges in achieving profitability. Awfis has experienced negative cash flow in the past and operates in a highly competitive environment that is sensitive to macroeconomic fluctuations.

Due to the company’s negative EPS, a P/E ratio cannot be calculated. Considering the potential for future growth balanced against the current financial situation and competitive landscape, we suggest a neutral stance on the Awfis IPO. 

Offer Details

Offer period 
Bid/Offer Opens On: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 
Bid/Offer Closes On: Monday, May 27, 2024 
Issue Size Price Band Bid Lot 
~ Rs.569 – Rs.599 Cr Rs. 364 – Rs.383 39 
Particulars Lots Shares Amount 
Retail 
Minimum 39 RS. 14,937 
Maximum 13 507 Rs. 1,94,181 
S-HNI 
Minimum 14 546 Rs. 2,09,118 
Maximum 66 2,574 Rs. 9,85,842 
B-HNI 
Minimum 67 2,613 Rs. 10,00,779 

Issue Structure 

QIB Shares Offered Not less than 75% of the offer size 
Retails Shares Offered Not more than 10% of the offer size 
NII (HNI) Shares Offered Not more than 15% of the Net Issue 

Indicative IPO Timeline 

Bid/Offer Opening Date Wednesday, May 22, 2024 
Bid/Offer Closing Date Monday, May 27, 2024 
Finalization of the basis of allotment with  The designated stock exchange Tuesday, May 28, 2024 
Initiation of refunds Wednesday, May 29, 2024 
Credit of equity shares to depository  Accounts Wednesday, May 29, 2024 
Listing Date Thursday, May 30, 2024 

Other Details 

Book Running Lead Managers ICICI Securities Limited, Axis Capital Ltd, IIFL Securities Ltd, Emkay Global Financial Services Limited 
Objects of the Issue 
1) Funding capital expenditure towards the establishment of new centers. 
2) Funding the working capital requirements 
3) General corporate purposes. 
Listing At BSE, NSE 

Financial Elements 

Particulars Dec-23 Mar-23 Mar-22 Mar-21 
Total Asset (Cr.) ₹ 1,352 ₹ 931 ₹ 560 ₹ 509 
Revenue (Cr.) ₹ 616 ₹ 545 ₹ 257 ₹ 178 
PAT (Cr.) -₹ 19 -₹ 47 -₹ 57 -₹ 43 
Basic EPS -₹ 3.05 -₹ 8.11 -₹ 10.68 -₹ 8.38 
Diluted EPS -₹ 3.05 -₹ 8.11 -₹ 10.68 -₹ 8.38 
EPS for Dec-23 is not annualised 

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