New Delhi, Apr 23 (PTI) In a strong investor response, the initial public offer (IPO) of shares by amusement park operator Wonderla Holidays, the first in the current financial year, was oversubscribed 38 times on the last day on Wednesday. Bids were received for over 467.9 million shares against about 12.3 million shares offered, according to data available on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) as of 6pm.

Qualified institutional buyers’ portion was subscribed about 16.71 times; the non-institutional investor category about subscribed 159.04 times, while retail individual investors bid for 7.03 times the shares kept for them, the company said in a statement. Bangalore-based Wonderla entered the primary market offering 14.5 million equity shares, including 2,175,000 equity shares bought by anchor investors, in a price band of 115-125 each. The company raised about 27 crore from anchor investors.

At the upper end of the band, the IPO could fetch about 181 crore, while at the lower end, the proceeds would be to the tune of 167 crore. The offer opened on Monday. Funds from the issue will be used to set up an amusement park in Hyderabad, the company’s third after Bangalore and Kochi, and for general corporate purposes. Wonderla is promoted by Arun Kochouseph Chittilappilly and Kochouseph Chittilappilly, who founded V-Guard Industries. The promoters hold a 95.48% stake in the company and the remaining 4.52% is with employees of the firm and group companies. Wonderla commissioned its first amusement park in Kochi in 2000 and the second in Bangalore in 2005. Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd and ICICI Securities Ltd were the book running lead managers to the issue.

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