IRB Infra Developers IPO to raise up to Rs11 bn

IRB Infra Developers IPO to raise up to Rs11 bn
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First Published: Mon, Jan 21 2008. 12 38 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Jan 21 2008. 12 38 PM IST
Mumbai: Construction firm IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd plans to raise up to Rs11.23 billion ($288 million) from an initial public offering, scheduled to begin on 31 January.
The Mumbai-based firm, which primarily works on road projects, has set a price band of 185 to 220 rupees a share for its book-built public offer, a company official said Monday.
The offer of 51 million shares constitutes 15.36% of the diluted, post issue capital of the company, the official, who declined to be named, said.
IRB will use the sale proceeds for repaying Rs7.2 billion of existing loans and invest in a subsidiary which holds rights to the 65-kilometres Bharuch-Surat toll road project.
The company, which counts Gammon India, Hindustan Construction Co and IVRCL Infrastructures among competitors, plans to focus on road projects in western India and is also diversifying into real estate.
It has outlined plans to develop a 1,400-acre integrated township near Pune in western Maharashtra, according to its draft prospectus.
For the year to March 2007, IRB posted consolidated net profit of Rs300 million on revenue of Rs3.1 billion. Its order book on 30 June, 2007 stood at Rs23.86 billion, the official said.
Ahead of the public offer, IRB issued 11.35 million shares each to Deutsche Bank, and units of Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, at Rs77.55 a share.
Deutsche Bank and Kotak Mahindra Capital Co are lead managers to the issue.
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First Published: Mon, Jan 21 2008. 12 38 PM IST