Tata Steel FPO sees lukewarm retail response on Day 1

Tata Steel FPO sees lukewarm retail response on Day 1

Mumbai: The further public offering of Tata Steel Ltd saw a lukewarm response from retail investors on Wednesday. At the end of the first day of subscription, only 4% of the shares allotted for the retail investors were subscribed for, exchange data showed.

However, the portion reserved for qualified institutional bidders saw 40% subscription.

High net worth individuals and non-institutional bidders lapped up 7% of the shares reserved for them.

The issue closes on Friday. Tata Steel is planning to raise a maximum of Rs3,477 crore ($770 million) by issuing 57 million shares, or 5.9% of equity, in the FPO at the price band of Rs594 to Rs610 each. Shares of Tata Steel rose 1.16% on Wednesday to close at Rs639.80.

On Tuesday, the company raised Rs508 crore ($111.8 million) from anchor investors at the upper end of the price band. The allotment to anchor investors comprises an issue of 83.25 lakh shares, or nearly 15% of the total offer, at Rs610 each to 33 anchor investors.

The proceeds will be used to fund a 3-million-tonne capacity expansion at its Jamshedpur plant in eastern India, repay debt worth Rs1,090 crore and invest in other projects. RBS, HSBC, SBI Capital, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered and Kotak Mahindra are the managers to the Tata Steel offering.