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IPO drought ends; Companies raise Rs. 13,600 crore in 2015

Ending the IPO drought, 21 companies have entered Dalal Street in 2015 with initial public offers to garner Rs 13,600 crore — the highest in five years – and an impressive pipeline is already in place for the new year.

While IPOs worth Rs 14,000 crore are already in the final stages of hitting the market, experts say the overall pipeline currently stands at well in excess of Rs 50,000 crore.

Adding to the depth of the IPO market, companies from diverse sectors like renewable energy, QSRs, logistics, pharma, electronics and airlines have made their way into the IPO space this year.
The total funds collected by the 21 IPOs in 2015 is the highest since Rs 37,534.65 crore garnered in 2010.

As an icing on the cake, the year has seen as many as 60 percent of the newly-listed stocks trading at a high premium over their issue prices, as against most of the stocks trending below issue price in previous years.
The star performers this year include InterGlobe Aviation which runs the country’s largest airline IndiGo (Rs 3,017 crore), Coffee Day Enterprises that owns the largest coffee chain Cafe Coffee Day (Rs 1,150 crore), Alkem Laboratories (Rs 1,350 crore) and Inox Wind (Rs 1,020 crore).

“While a few companies that launched IPOs this year have not done well, a majority of them have given positive returns,” Kotak Securities executive vice-president Trivikram Kamath said. “Several of these companies are in emerging spaces like renewable energy, amusement parks, quick service restaurant chains, logistics and airline,” Kamath added.

The sectors represented on the IPO mart also included engineering (Power Mech Projects), beverages (Manpasand Beverages), milk and dairy products (Prabhat Dairy).

Two companies — Ortel Communications and UFO Moviez– represent the electronics and consumer and media industries, while Adlabs Entertainment is into amusement parks. Four companies belong to the healthcare sector (Alkem, Dr Lal Path Labs, Narayana Hospitals and Syngene International), while two represent the roads and highways sector (MEP Infrastructure Developers and Sadbhav Infra Project).

The response to small and medium companies was also upbeat with dedicated SME platforms witnessing fund raising of Rs 252 crore. In comparison, Rs 267 crore was raised in 2014 and Rs 335 crore were mopped up in 2013 by SME IPOs.

ICICI Securities’ Executive Director Ajay Saraf said, “The retail investors on an average made a 17-20 percent return in the current year. The trend of blockbuster response from retail investors in the recent listings can be anticipated to continue in the forthcoming issues.”

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