Firms have filed DRHPs for 9 IPOs since April 1.(REUTERS)
Firms have filed DRHPs for 9 IPOs since April 1.(REUTERS)

Firms file for IPOs worth $2.6 billion

  • Companies have filed draft red herring prospectuses (DRHPs) for nine IPOs that aim to raise almost Rs.19,660 crore (approximately $2.66 billion) since April 1, 2021, according to data from primary market tracker Prime Database.
By Swaraj Singh Dhanjal , Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 06:27 AM IST

Indian companies continue to line up for initial public offerings (IPOs) despite the Covid-19 pandemic slowing down primary market activity from its first quarter boom.

Companies have filed draft red herring prospectuses (DRHPs) for nine IPOs that aim to raise almost Rs.19,660 crore (approximately $2.66 billion) since April 1, 2021, according to data from primary market tracker Prime Database.

The primary market has hit the pause button. While 16 companies launched their IPOs in the first quarter of the calendar year, there was only one listing—that of Macrotech Developers Ltd—in April.

According to bankers, companies that were working on their IPO plans have not held back and are continuing to file DRHPs so that they are ready when the second wave of the pandemic abates and markets are more conducive to IPOs.

“In the last three months a very strong IPO pipeline has built up. The filings that we saw in the last few weeks are all companies that have been working on their draft prospectuses for the last three-six months. While work on new deals has gone a little slow, companies that were in advanced stages are not looking to defer their IPO plans and continuing to file the prospectus,” said a Mumbai-based investment banker, who did not wish to be named.

Companies that have filed their draft prospectuses with the market regulator in the last few weeks include Zomato Ltd, which plans to raise Rs.8,250 crore; Chemplast Sanmar Ltd, which aims to raise Rs.3,500 crore and Aditya Birla Sunlife AMC Ltd, which is planning to raise Rs.2,000 crore.

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