HCL Tech's Rs 1,283 Crore Deal Sends Geometric To 52-Week High

HCL Tech's Rs 1,283 Crore Deal Sends Geometric To 52-Week High

HCL Tech will acquire Geometric in all-share deal

Geometric shares surged nearly 20 per cent to hit their 52-week high today as investors reacted positively to two separate deals.

HCL Tech will acquire Geometric's IT services business for Rs 1,283 crore in an all-share deal, the company said on Friday. Geometric also agreed to offload its 3DPLM ownership to Dassault Systemes for Rs 441 crore.

The two deals value Geometric at over Rs 1,700 crore, which is over 30 per cent premium to the company's market capitalization of Rs 1,271 crore at Friday's closing price.

The sharp rise in Geometric shares shows investors are happy with the deals, traders said. HCL Tech shareholders also have reasons to be happy, analysts say.

According to brokerage Maybank, Geometric's acquisition is "mildly positive" for HCL Technologies as the acquisition enhances India's fourth biggest outsourcer's engineering services (18 per cent of HCLT revenue) offerings and increase revenue growth rates.

Maybank maintained its "buy" call on HCL Tech with a target price of Rs 980.

Geometric shares closed 19 per cent higher at Rs 234, outperforming the broader Nifty, which gained 0.6 per cent today. HCL Tech shares closed 2.4 per cent higher at Rs 839.85.

(With inputs from Reuters)
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