Indiabulls to raise $1bn; power IPO on cards

Indiabulls to raise $1bn; power IPO on cards
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First Published: Sun, Feb 17 2008. 02 42 PM IST
Updated: Sun, Feb 17 2008. 02 42 PM IST
PTI
New Delhi: Diversified group Indiabulls is looking to raise about $1 billion through bond offering or a hybrid instrument, which would include issuance of both equity and debentures, for its flagship firm Indiabulls Financial Services.
This domestic market offering comes close on the heels of the group having raised $400 million through an equity placement with the likes of Lakshmi Mittal in its power arm last week and its real estate business’s plans to raise $1.2 billion through the listing of a property investment trust in Singapore.
The $1billion issuance, likely to commence soon, could be followed by the group taking public its power arm Indiabulls Power Services Ltd through an IPO in the next six months, according to investment banking sources.
In order to create further shareholder value, the group has already decided to demerge its brokerage business Indiabulls Securities into a separate company, which it plans to list separately on the bourses.
“We had previously thought of raising funds from overseas by offering international securities such as ADRs (American Depository Receipts) and GDRs (Global Depository Receipts). But, for now we will raise $1 billion from the domestic market by issuing bonds convertible into equities or a hybrid instrument that would be a mix of equity and convertible bonds,” a senior Indiabulls Financial Services official said.
The company is working on the fund raising plan actively and it should commence soon, IBFSL corporate affairs president Ajit Mittal told PTI.
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First Published: Sun, Feb 17 2008. 02 42 PM IST
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