Starbox Group Holdings Aims For $23 Million U.S. IPO

Jun. 17, 2022 12:44 PM ETStarbox Group Holdings Ltd. (STBX)FPX, FPXI, IPO, GTIP, CSD, SPAK, IPOS, FPXE, DSPC

Summary

  • Starbox Group Holdings Ltd. has filed proposed terms for a $22.5 million IPO.
  • The Malaysia-based firm provides advertising services and a mobile platform for retailers to better connect with customers.
  • STBX is a tiny company with limited operating history, and the IPO appears priced for perfection.
  • While the IPO may attract day traders seeking volatility in early trading, I'm on Hold for the company over the longer term.
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A Quick Take On Starbox Group Holdings Ltd.

Starbox Group Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ:STBX) has filed to raise $22.5 million in an IPO of its ordinary shares, according to an F-1 registration statement.

The firm provides a mobile platform for merchants to better connect with potential customers.

While the low nominal price for the IPO may attract volatility-chasing day traders in early trading, I'm on Hold for the IPO.

Starbox Overview

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based Starbox was founded to develop the ability for retailers to provide cash rebate offers through technologies such as its websites and mobile applications.

Management is headed by Chairman and CEO Lee Choon Wooi, who has been with the firm since January 2020 and was previously executive director at Teclutions, a multi-level marketing and e-commerce software company.

The company’s primary offerings include:

  • GETBATS website and mobile app

  • SEEBATS website and mobile app

  • Digital advertising solutions

  • Payment gateway solutions

Starbox has booked fair market value investment of $955,000 in equity and debt as of September 30, 2021, from investors including ZYZ Group Holdings, Liu Marketing, EVL Corporation, WJG Group and CC Growth Edge.

Starbox - Customer Acquisition

Starbox seeks merchants who want to advertise their rebate offerings to potential customers, as well as receive payment services at reduced rates.

The firm collects data from its websites that help it to create a database of consumer spending behaviors that it can then use for its advertiser and merchant offerings.

Marketing and Promotional expenses as a percentage of total revenue have dropped as revenues have increased, as the figures below indicate:

Marketing and Promotional

Expenses vs. Revenue

Period

Percentage

FYE September 30, 2021

5.3%

FYE September 30, 2020

103.9%

(Source)

The Marketing and Promotional efficiency multiple, defined as how many dollars of additional new revenue are generated by each dollar of Marketing and Promotional spend, was 18.0x in the most recent reporting period. (Source)

Starbox’ Market & Competition

According to a 2021 market research report by GlobalData, the e-commerce market in Malaysia was an estimated $7.1 billion in 2021 and is forecast to reach $13.8 billion by 2025.

This represents a forecast CAGR of 18.3% from 2021 to 2025.

The main drivers for this expected growth are a higher demand for day-to-day items that users want to purchase online, such as food and groceries.

Also, below is a historical and projected future growth trajectory of the Malaysian e-commerce market:

Malaysia E-Commerce Market

Malaysia E-Commerce Market (GlobalData)

Starbox Group's Financial Performance

The company’s recent financial results can be summarized as follows:

  • Growing topline revenue from a tiny base

  • A swing to operating profit

  • Positive cash flow from operations

Below are relevant financial results derived from the firm’s registration statement:

Total Revenue

Period

Total Revenue

% Variance vs. Prior

FYE September 30, 2021

$3,166,228

1957.8%

FYE September 30, 2020

$153,863

Operating Profit (Loss)

Period

Operating Profit (Loss)

Operating Margin

FYE September 30, 2021

$2,139,889

67.6%

FYE September 30, 2020

$ (190,163)

-123.6%

Comprehensive Income (Loss)

Period

Comprehensive Income (Loss)

Net Margin

FYE September 30, 2021

$ 1,428,587

45.1%

FYE September 30, 2020

$ (205,308)

-6.5%

Cash Flow From Operations

Period

Cash Flow From Operations

FYE September 30, 2021

$ 1,883,895

FYE September 30, 2020

$ (342,348)

(Glossary Of Terms)

(Source)

As of September 30, 2021, Starbox had $2.3 million in cash and $2.8 million in total liabilities.

Free cash flow during the twelve months ended September 30, 2021, was $1.9 million.

Starbox Group's IPO Details

Starbox intends to raise $22.5 million in gross proceeds from an IPO of its ordinary shares, offering 5 million shares at a proposed midpoint price of $4.50 per share.

No existing shareholders have indicated an interest to purchase shares at the IPO price.

Assuming a successful IPO, the company’s enterprise value at IPO would approximate $181 million, excluding the effects of underwriter over-allotment options.

The float to outstanding shares ratio (excluding underwriter over-allotments) will be approximately 11.1%. A figure under 10% is generally considered a ‘low float’ stock which can be subject to significant price volatility.

Management says it will use the net proceeds from the IPO as follows:

approximately 60% for expanding our business into other countries in Southeast Asia, including [i] establishing representative offices or appointing local partners and hiring key marketing employees who are familiar with local languages and cultures, [ii] integrating our websites and mobile apps with the representative offices or local partners, and [iii] promoting our brands in these countries;

approximately 20% for upgrading our software and systems; and

approximately 20% for promoting our brands in Malaysia.

(Source)

Management’s presentation of the company roadshow is not available.

Regarding outstanding legal proceedings, management said it was not aware of any legal proceeding that would have a material adverse effect on its financial condition or operations.

The sole listed bookrunner of the IPO is Network 1 Financial Securities.

Valuation Metrics For Starbox

Below is a table of relevant capitalization and valuation figures for the company:

Measure [TTM]

Amount

Market Capitalization at IPO

$202,500,000

Enterprise Value

$180,519,722

Price / Sales

63.96

EV / Revenue

57.01

EV / EBITDA

84.36

Earnings Per Share

$0.03

Operating Margin

67.58%

Net Margin

45.12%

Float To Outstanding Shares Ratio

11.11%

Proposed IPO Midpoint Price per Share

$4.50

Net Free Cash Flow

$1,883,895

Free Cash Flow Yield Per Share

0.93%

Revenue Growth Rate

1957.82%

(Glossary Of Terms)

(Source)

Commentary About Starbox’s IPO

STBX is seeking U.S. public market investment to fund its expansion plans outside its primary market of Malaysia and into other Southeast Asian countries.

The company’s financials have shown increasing topline revenue from a tiny base, a swing to operating profit and positive cash flow from operations.

Free cash flow for the twelve months ended September 30, 2021, was $1.9 million.

Marketing and Promotional expenses as a percentage of total revenue have dropped as revenue has increased; its Marketing and Promotional efficiency multiple was 18.0x in its most recent fiscal year.

The firm currently plans to pay no dividends on its shares and anticipates that it will use any future earnings to reinvest back into the business.

The market opportunity for e-commerce in Malaysia is large and expected to grow at a strong CAGR of 18% through 2025.

Network 1 Financial Securities is the sole underwriter, and IPOs led by the firm over the last 12-month period have generated an average return of negative (82.7%) since their IPO. This is a bottom-tier performance for all major underwriters during the period.

The primary risk to the company’s outlook is its reliance on advertisers for its revenue, which is still very low.

As for valuation, management is asking investors to pay an Enterprise Value/Revenue multiple of 57x, which is extremely high for a tiny company with little operating history.

The IPO appears to be priced for perfection.

While the low nominal price for the IPO may attract volatility-chasing day traders in early trading, I'm on Hold for the IPO.

Expected IPO Pricing Date: To be announced.

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