Rain’s valuation increased by 9.7% to R17.95 billion on the back of strong 4G and 5G sales, the successful spectrum auction, and additional investment.
ARC Investments released its annual financial results today, which showed growth in its intrinsic net asset value per share of 14.7%.
The growth results from good financial performances by some of the businesses it has invested in, including Rain and TymeBank, Alexforbes, Fledge Capital, and Capital Legacy.
Rain is the biggest contributor to ARC Investments’ net asset value and comprises 26.6 % of the ARC fund’s value.
The ARC Fund’s share in the value of the investment in Rain increased from R3.314 billion on 30 June 2021 to R3.635 billion on 30 June 2022.
As such, many investors keep a close eye on Rain’s valuation, especially because ARC does not release detailed financial and operational data about the mobile operator.
Some stakeholders are concerned about the sustainability of Rain’s wholesale revenue from Vodacom.
The successful spectrum auction in March 2022 means Vodacom will rely less on Rain for its 4G network capacity, which can impact Rain’s roaming revenue and valuation.
Rain CEO Brandon Leigh has also previously said their valuation is based on a hockey stick growth assumption, which means a lot of goodwill is baked into the valuation.
ARC’s latest results do not mention these risks, and the value of the ARC Fund’s interest in Rain has increased by 9.7% for the year.
The reason for this increase is three-fold, ARC said.
- Rain continues to deliver well on 4G and 5G sales.
- The increased valuation considers Rain’s business plan post the spectrum auction.
- ARC Investments invested an additional R56 million in Rain.
The company said demand for Rain’s 4G and 5G products has been sustained throughout and post the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.
It added that the increased valuation also considered Rain’s business plan post the spectrum auction.
Rain acquired 2x10MHz in the 700MHz band and 20MHz in the 2.6GHz band for a price of R1.43 billion.
The additional spectrum is expected to positively impact Rain’s cash flow.
The valuation was further bolstered by a R56 million additional investment into the mobile operator.
ARC lifted the veil slightly on Rain’s finances, saying it achieved its budgeted R1 billion EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) for its fiscal year ending February 2022.
This is considered a significant achievement as it broke-even in the February 2021 financial year.
Rain’s valuation over the years
The table below provides an overview of Rain’s valuation growth between December 2017 and June 2022.
|Rain Valuation by ARC|
|Date||ARC Shareholding in Rain||ARC’s Shareholding Value||Rain’s Valuation|
|December 2017||20.0%||R1.892 billion||R9.460 billion|
|June 2018||20.0%||R2.114 billion||R10.570 billion|
|December 2018||20.0%||R2.330 billion||R11.650 billion|
|June 2019||20.6%||R2.508 billion||R12.175 billion|
|December 2019||20.7%||R2.712 billion||R13.101 billion|
|June 2020||20.7%||R3.111 billion||R15.029 billion|
|December 2020||20.37%||R3.493 billion||R17.148 billion|
|June 2021||20.26%||R3.314 billion||R16.357 billion|
|December 2021||20.26%||R3.372 billion||R16.644 billion|
|June 2022||20.25%||R3.635 billion||R17.951 billion|