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HUL gets a Horlicks Boost; weightage in Nifty set to rise 25%

HUL gets a Horlicks Boost; weightage in Nifty set to rise 25%

HUL gets a Horlicks Boost; weightage in Nifty set to rise 25%
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By Nigel D'Souza  Apr 22, 2020 1:12:25 PM IST (Published)

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Fast-moving consumer good major HUL’s weightage in the Nifty is set to rise by 1.1 percentage points or a whopping 25 percent. This will happen shortly once HUL stock is allotted to erstwhile GSK Consumer HealthCare shareholders under the terms of the global merger announced in December 2018.

Fast-moving consumer good major HUL’s weightage in the Nifty is set to rise by 1.1 percentage points or a whopping 25 percent. This will happen shortly once HUL stock is allotted to erstwhile GSK Consumer HealthCare shareholders under the terms of the global merger announced in December 2018.

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HUL at present has a 4.4 percent weightage in the Nifty and this will increase to 5.5 percent. To put the figure of 1.1 percent in perspective, 27 out of the 50 stocks in the Nifty index have a weightage of less than 1 percent.
HUL yesterday informed the stock exchanges that it would be allotting 18.64 crore of its shares to GSK Consumer Healthcare shareholders under the pre-agreed ratio of 439 HUL shares for every 100 GSK shares.
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The allotment will not just increase HUL’s equity capital, but also increase percentage of public shareholding to 38 percent from the current 33 percent. At the current market price, the market capitalization of HUL is set to increase by Rs 43,0000 crore, or 25 percent.
Higher the public shareholding—also called free float in market parlance—greater the weightage of a stock in the index.
Index weightage matters because most active fund managers—local and global-- buy a stock in proportion to its weightage in a benchmark index. At times, this can set off a virtuous cycle wherein a higher weightage attracts more fund managers, driving the stock price higher, and further increasing weightage in the index, which then prompts newer money managers to buy the stock.
The 1.1 percentage point increase in Nifty weightage could put HUL ahead of TCS and bring it close on the heels of ICICI Bank.
HUL’s weightage in the Nifty has been steadily rising from 2.65 percent over the last year on a combination of safe haven buying, steady earnings growth, and the GSK Healthcare acquisition, which will add to its earnings per share.
HUL shares have rallied around 40 percent over the last one year, compared to a 27 percent decline in the Nifty over the last one year.
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