Gujarat Pipavav’s Rs500cr IPO may hit market in one month

Gujarat Pipavav’s Rs500cr IPO may hit market in one month

Mumbai: Private port developer and operator, Gujarat Pipavav Port (GPPL), plans to hit the capital market with its initial public offering (IPO) of Rs500 crore within a month, a top company official said on Thursday.

“We are expecting to get market regulator Sebi’s approval in the next 15 days. After that, we will proceed for the IPO. In my opinion, we will be able to launch the IPO in a month," APM Terminals Pipavav managing director Prakash Tulsiani told PTI here.

GPPL is promoted by APM Terminals, an international container terminal operating company.

Of the total IPO proceeds, around Rs120 crore will go into port infrastructure development, while Rs300 crore will be used for repayment of loans, Tulsiani said.

The first phase of port infrastructure development is estimated to cost around Rs1,600 crore, he said.

“We plan to increase cargo volumes and are trying to attract a bigger chunk of cargo going to JNPT (in Mumbai) and Mundra (Gujarat) ports with our facilities, good road and land connectivity and strategic location," he said.

At present, GPPL is principally engaged in providing port handling and marine services for container, bulk and LPG cargo. APM Terminals, headquartered in The Netherlands, owns 57.9% equity interest in the Indian firm.