Bharti Airtel Enters $100 Billion Club in India; Joins RIL, TCS & HDFC Bank

2024-06-10 13:06:08

Bharti Airtel, a leading telecom major, has entered the exclusive league of companies with a market capitalization exceeding $100 billion or Rs 10,000 crore. This feat solidifies Bharti Airtel's position as a key player in India's economy, alongside other industry giants like Reliance Industries, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), and HDFC Bank. As of June 10, 12:20 pm, Bharti Airtel's market cap stood impressively at Rs 8.52 lakh crore on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).
Despite experiencing a subdued start to trading, with shares hovering around Rs 1428, Bharti Airtel has been a standout performer for investors. Year-to-date, the stock has surged by over 42%, significantly outperforming the benchmark Sensex, which recorded a modest 6.5% uptick during the same period. Over the past year, Bharti Airtel has delivered returns of over 70%, showcasing its ability to create substantial wealth for investors.
The driving force behind Bharti Airtel's remarkable journey to the $100 billion club is primarily attributed to the stellar performance of its mobile business. Analysts at brokerage firm CLSA highlight the company's extraordinary growth trajectory, with its market cap expanding more than threefold in just seven years. CLSA identifies three key drivers fuelling Bharti Airtel's ascent: a high-growth scalable business model, strong management execution, and an edge on the global stage.

Telecom Giant Bharti Airtel Enters The $100 Billion Market Cap Club In  India; Joins RIL, TCS & HDFC Bank - Goodreturns

 CLSA's bullish outlook is reflected in its target price of Rs 1,540 for Bharti Airtel's stock, implying an 8% upside potential from its last closing price on June 7. This optimistic sentiment resonates with the broader market, which anticipates tariff hikes, average revenue per user (ARPU) improvements, and the rollout of 5G networks to further enhance Bharti Airtel's growth prospects.
 Despite encountering challenges such as currency devaluation in Africa, Bharti Airtel reported resilient operating performance for its India business in the quarter ending March 31, 2024. The company witnessed a 4% increase in revenue from operations, reaching Rs 37,599.1 crore compared to Rs 36,009 crore in the corresponding period last year. The stability of the ARPU at Rs 209 reflects Bharti Airtel's ability to maintain a healthy revenue stream amidst market fluctuations.
 Bharti Airtel's entry into the $100 billion club not only shows its individual success but also highlights India's emergence as a global economic powerhouse. As Bharti Airtel continues to pioneer innovation and expand its reach, it remains poised to shape the future of telecommunications in India and beyond.