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Are Retail Investors Staging a Comeback in Country’s Primary Market ?

Are Retail Investors Staging a Comeback in Country's Primary Market ?

Are Retail Investors Staging a Comeback in Country's Primary Market ?

In what could be viewed as a sign of revival of retail interest in the country’s primary market, the initial public offering of Indiabulls Power has received over 31,000 applications from retail investors on the first day of its issue.

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Although the retail portion of the offering remained under subscribed, the interest was more than what was seen in three major IPOs of the fiscal — NHPC, Oil India and Adani Power.

According to an analysis, NHPC‘s over Rs 6,000 crore issue received 30,474 retail applications on the first day.

Adani Power‘s Rs 3,610 crore issue got only 15,000 such applications.

The Rs 4,982 crore issue of OIL received 7,700 applications.

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“Retail investors are gradually staging a comeback and it is a pleasant surprise for the primary market,” SMC Capital Equity Head Jagannadham Thunuguntla said.

The Rs 1,700-crore initial public offer of Indiabulls Power, which hit the market yesterday, got subscribed nearly six times, as flooded the counter with maximum number of bids.

However, bids from retail investors on the first day of subscription accounted for only 37 per cent of the shares reserved for them.

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PE-backed Companies Queuing up the Market with IPOs :)

pressure from PE players is forcing companies to take the IPO route :)

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The buoyancy in the capital markets over the past few weeks has seen a spate of initial public offerings (IPOs) hitting the market.

Sectors such as infrastructure, power and real estate are the ones that have been most bullish.

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However, most companies that are taking the IPO route for raising funds are the ones that have strong private equity (PE) backing.

And in most cases, it is the pressure from these PE players that is forcing these companies to take the IPO route.

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Recently, four real estate companies – Emaar MGF Land, Lodha Developers, Sahara Prime City and Ambience Ltd – filed draft red herring prospectuses (DRHPs) with the market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) to launch their IPOs.

All the four together are looking to mop up over Rs 11,000 crore.

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Said Jagannadham Thunuguntla, equity head, SMC Capitals Limited, “Several companies are filing their IPO prospectuses with Sebi, with the confidence provided by the strong capital market bounceback and the healthy subscription levels seen by the IPOs of Adani, NHPC and OIL.”

“Taking the capital market bounce-back as a good exit opportunity, several PE-backed companies are queuing up with their prospectuses.

While this trend of PE-backed companies filing prospectuses can be seen across industries, it is quite prominent in the real estate industry,” he added.

According to him, “Several companies which have filed their prospectuses in the past three to four days have PE backing at the corporate or SPV levels.

The recent capital market bounce-back is giving a fresh breath of life to PE players” he added.

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This trend of PE-backed companies going to the market with IPOs is not a surprise. PE firms are keen to capitalize on the buoyant financial markets and exit certain investments.

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Did IPO Grading Fail to Catch the Fancy of Investors??

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The grading system of initial public offers (IPO) is in need of an upgrade, say market participants.

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Two years after it was first introduced by market regulator SEBI, the system has failed to catch the fancy of investors as share price trends of newly listed companies have shown little or no correlation to the grading given by rating agencies.

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“IPOs with grading 4 have shown returns that are much lower than IPOs with grades 1 and 2.
So, this is raising the question whether it is time to look at amendments to the existing structure or maybe SEBI can think of completely scrapping the system,” said Jagannadham T, equity head of SMC Capitals.

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However, one can’t deny the importance of the IPO grading system not only is it beneficial for retail investors who don’t have the time or skills to go through an entire prospectus but it also acts as a deterrent for fly by night promoters who wish to access the primary market solely for their gains.

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Not only financials of a company is looked at but also people at the business head level are contacted to see what the company is up to.

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As per few experts, IPO grading doesn’t have anything to do with the price post listing. A lot of things apart from fundamentals drive the stock.

The reservation of comment on pricing is a sore point, but even more, is the grading of a SEBI barred company like Austral Coke at Grade 2 by CARE above Orbit Corporation at 1 by the same rating agency.

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And this makes one wonder if a thorough due diligence is done by all rating agencies that’s ground enough for a review.

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As IPO Market Falters,Companies Eye New Funds !!

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The post-listing dismal performance of the initial public offering ( IPO) of public sector power major NHPC Ltd is set to force many companies to rework their fund- raising strategies in the coming months.

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Qualified institutional placements (QIPs), global depository receipts (GDRs) or those shares issued to overseas investors and listed on exchanges abroad are likely to be the most favoured means for these purposes, leading investment bankers said.

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Some of the companies are already planning to revise their issue prices downwards to ensure that offerings will not fall through.

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Oil India Ltd (OIL), which is open for subscription now, is the first to draw lessons from the NHPC episode and revise its issue price.

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OIL has revised their price band to Rs 950- 1,050 per share, from Rs 1,250- 1,400, after the NHPC episode as per few bankers.

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NHPC fixed the price of its IPO at Rs 36 per share last month.

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Though the stock listed on September 1 at eight per cent premium to the issue price, at Rs 39, it closed just 70 paise or 1.94 per cent above the issue price.

Over the last two days, the premium further narrowed to just 10 paise.

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Jagannadham Thunuguntla, equity head of SMC Capitals Ltd, cites heavy selling, coupled with no follow- up buying as the reasons for the lacklustre listing of NHPC.

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NHPC’s IPO price was 30 times its earnings per share (EPS).

“In fact, well- established companies like NTPC are available at much lower valuations. Hence, there was no follow- up buying from the investors on NHPC listing,” Thunuguntla explained.

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Further, majority of the oversubscription is not due to genuine investor interest but is due to the borrowed funding through ‘IPO financing“.

Naturally, all such investors were forced to sell on the day of listing as these involve a lot of interest cost. This resulted in heavy selling on the day of the listing,” he added.

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After the market rebound since March 2009, fundstarved companies started tapping the market.

And when the elections gave a more convincing victory to the UPA combine, the market gathered greater strength.

Since March, companies were able to raise funds to the extent of Rs 21,191 crore through 22 QIPs; and $ 1.88 billion through four GDRs/ ADRs (funds raised from US- based investors and listed in the US).

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However experts maintained that these are the sources of funds for which few institutional investors are to be convinced, rather than working on creating confidence among the whole investor community.

At the same time such companies should have a high corporate governance track- record as well.

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NHPC IPO subscribed over 16 times :)

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The issue received bids for over 2,762.99 crore shares against 167.73 crore shares on offer, as per the data available on the National Stock Exchange.

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The initial public offer of hydro power producer NHPC got subscribed over 16 times with most of the bids coming in from institutional investors.

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The offer, which is expected to mobilize up to Rs6,000 crore making it the second largest IPO in the country till date after Reliance Power’s, will close on Wednesday.

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Marketmen said the portion reserved for qualified institutional investors and high networth individuals got subscribed nearly 20 times each, while the retail investors portion was subscribed over three times the shares on offer.

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β€œThe subscription by institutional investors is likely to go up further and the retail participation would also increase towards the end of bid timing,” SMC Capitals equity head Jagannadham Thunuguntla said.

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Analysts said being a public sector firm, NHPC is getting attention from various categories of investors.

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This is the first stake sale by a state-run company in the last one and a half years, after REC raised over Rs 1,600 crore in February.

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TheΒ  of the issue has been fixed between Rs 30 -36.

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Indian Govt. disinvestment plans to kick off soon !

Indian Govt. disinvestment plans to kick off soon !

Indian Power Firm NHPC Ltd will kick off a $1.25 billion IPO next week in the first share sale by a state company.

Since the congress party’s unexpectedly strong re-election in May spurred investors hopes for pro market reforms. πŸ™‚

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Despite opposition from labour groups and leftist parties, the government is forecast by some watchers to offload roughly $5 billion a year in state shares.


This could hearten a bond market worried about fiscal responsibility, but do little to address a yawning deficit and $90 billion borrowing plan.

Investors are expected to lap up shares in government firms, given :

a) attractive pricing,

b) a record of outperformance relative to IPOs by private firms,

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NHPC opens its IPO on August 7 in what would be the first for a state firm in India since Feb. 2008.

Oil India is expected to follow with a $500 to $600 million issue in September.

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Also in the works could be a multi-billion-dollar IPO by telecoms firm Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.

Secondary offerings by power equipment maker Bharat Heavy Electricals, Rural Electrification Corp, trading firm MMTC Ltd and mining firm NMDC Ltd. are also in queue.


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The pipeline of equity from state firms promises to top the record $6 billion raised from government asset sales between 1999 and 2004 when the pro-business Bharatya Janata Party (BJP) was in power.

During that period, shares were sold in firms such as Oil and Natural Gas Corp and Maruti Suzuki.

Since then, the government raised just $1.4 billion as allies of the ruling coalition and labour unions thwarted plans for stake sales.

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Indian state companies that listed between 2004 and 2009 have shown share price gains on average of 140 percent compared with just 3.5 percent for their private sector peers, according to a study by SMC Capitals, a deal tracking firm.