Eros International Media is a global player in the Media business operating on a vertically integrated studio model controlling content as well as distribution & exploitation across all formats globally, including cinema, digital, home entertainment and television syndication.
Established in 1977, Eros has over three decades of market leadership in creating a global platform for Indian cinema. The group has an enviable distribution network that spans across 50 countries and over 27 dubbed foreign languages, with offices in India, UK, USA, Dubai, Australia, Fiji, Isle of Man and Singapore. Eros has built a successful business model by combining the release of a portfolio of over 70 new films every year with the exploitation of a valuable film library of over 2000 film titles, making it undisputedly one of the largest content owners in the business.
In 2006, Eros plc, the holding company of the Eros Group, became the first Indian media company to obtain a listing on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange.
The company came out with an IPO last year at a price of Rs. 175 per share which was heavily over-subscribed and it listed at a price of 213. At current price of 140, it is available at a massive discount to it's Ipo listing price. I believe this is only due to the current subdued overall market conditions, and fundamentally, this company is very sound. The company has been posting good Earnings consistently and the share is available in a single digit PE ratio, which is a steal for a front-line Media stock. The company has at least 10-12 BIG releases lined up this year. Films like Game starring Abhishek Bachchan, Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara, starring Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Mausam starring Shahid Kapoor, Ra-One starring Shahrukh Khan, Rana starring Rajnikant.....and the list goes on. To my mind, it's a great investment buy at current price and has the potential to give Multi-bagger gains.
Company websites: http://www.erosentertainment.com and http://www.erosintl.com