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MUMBAI: Chemplast Sanmar Ltd has fixed the price band for its initial public offering between 530 and 541 per share. Earlier, the chemical company said its IPO will open on 10 August and close on 12 August.

Chemplast Sanmar's IPO, backed by Canadian billionaire Prem Watsa, will raise 3,850 crore.

The offer consists of a fresh issue of 1,300 crore and an offer for sale (OFS) of 2,550 crore by its current promoters and shareholders.

The OFS comprises sale of 2,463.44 crore by Sanmar Holdings, 86.56 crore by Sanmar Engineering Services Ltd

The company is a part of the Chennai-based industrial conglomerate Sanmar Group, which has interests in chemicals, shipping, and engineering. It manufactures paste PVC, chloro-chemicals, caustic soda, hydrogen peroxide, and refrigerant gases, and also has a contract manufacturing segment.

The proceeds from the issue will be used for an early redemption of non-convertible debentures worth 1,238.25 crore

Rating firm Brickworks has revised its rating on the company to negative from stable due to weaker than expected earnings in FY20 amid higher interest outgoes. The rating firm noted that “Until six months FY20(audited), the gearing and debt metrics were comfortable in view of the low level of debt. However, FY20 onwards, these were being impacted because of the additional debt by way of NCDs raised in December 2019 and higher coupon payments. The debt-equity ratio increased to 1.42 times for FY20 (0.18 times as on 31 March 2019).

The interest service coverage ratio (ISCR) and debt service coverage ratio (DSCR) declined to 3.35 times and 1.76 times, respectively, for FY20, against 6.88 times and 2.58 times, respectively, for FY19."

The NCDs of 1,270 crore were issued by the company in multiple tranches in December 2019 at a coupon of 17.50% per annum payable monthly and have a scheduled tenor of up to seven years from the deemed date of allotment.

"The early redemption of the NCDs in full will help reduce our outstanding indebtedness and debt servicing costs, assist us in maintaining a favorable debt to equity ratio and enable utilisation of our internal accruals for further investment in business growth and expansion", the company said in a DRHP.

"In addition, we believe that our improved leverage ratio, consequent to such redemption of NCDs, will improve our ability to raise debt in the future to fund potential business development opportunities and plans", the company added.

For fiscal year 2020, the company posted a total income of 1,265.51 crore against 1,266.77 crore last year. Net profit for the period stood at 46.13 crore versus 118.46 crore a year ago. As of December 2020, its net debt stood at 1,187.58 crore.

ICICI Securities, Axis Capital Ltd, Credi Suisse Securities India Pvt Ltd, IIFL Securities Ltd, Ambit Pvt Ltd, Bob Capital Markets, HDFC Bank, IndusInd Bank and Yes Securities India are the lead book runners on the issue

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