Two IPOs headed for markets this week, eye Rs2,300 crore

The bidding in the initial share sale offer of Music Broadcast will begin on 6 March and close on 8 March while Avenue Supermarts’ IPO will open for public subscription on 8 March and close on 10 March


The shares of the companies are proposed to be listed on BSE and NSE. Photo: iStockphoto
The shares of the companies are proposed to be listed on BSE and NSE. Photo: iStockphoto

New Delhi: Radio City FM channel operator Music Broadcast Ltd and Avenue Supermarts that runs supermarket retail chain D-Mart will come out with their initial public offerings this week to raise about Rs2,300 crore.

The bidding in the initial share sale offer of Music Broadcast will begin on 6 March and close on 8 March while Avenue Supermarts’ IPO will open for public subscription on 8 March and close on 10 March. The shares of the companies are proposed to be listed on BSE and NSE.

Music Broadcast’s initial public offer (IPO) comprises fresh issue of shares of up to Rs400 crore and an offer for sale of up to 26.59 lakh scrips. It has fixed a price band of Rs324-333 for its share offering. Proceeds from the sale will be primarily used for redemption of listed non-convertible debentures. Music Broadcast, a Jagran group entity, raised over Rs146 crore from anchor investors on Friday. The firm, which owns and operates Radio City, has a pan-India presence with radio stations in 37 cities.

Avenue Supermarts plans to raise Rs1,870 crore through its IPO. It has set the price band at Rs295-299 for its public issue. This will be the biggest public issue since PNB Housing Finance’s offering in October last year, which had mobilized Rs3,000 crore. The funds from the IPO will be utilised towards construction and purchase of fit-outs for new stores and loan repayment. Avenue Supermarts, valued at Rs18,000 crore, is an emerging national supermarket chain, with focus on value-retailing.

So far this year, Asia’s oldest stock exchange BSE got listed on the rival NSE’s platform. Going ahead, many companies such as Shankara Building Product, BSE-promoted CDSL and test-prep player C L Educate have lined up their IPOs for this month. 2016 saw hectic fund-raising activity in the IPO segment as a total of 26 firms collected over Rs26,000 crore through this route—making it the best one for public offers since 2010.

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