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PowerGrid Infrastructure Investment Trust is likely to launch its initial public offering at the end of April, two people aware of the development told Mint.

This will be the first time a state owned entity is monetizing its infrastructure assets through the InvIT route. This will also be only the third InvIT to be listed in the Indian markets, after IRB InvIT and India Grid Trust both of which went public in 2017.

In January Mint reported that the IPO will see the InvIT raise up to 4,995 crore by selling new units of the trust, while its sponsor Power Grid also plans to sell units worth up to Rs3,000 crore through the IPO, taking the total size of the share sale to almost Rs8,000 crore.

The InvIT will initially comprise of 11 power transmission lines currently owned and operated by Power Grid.

A spokesperson for PowerGrid could be immediately reached for a comment.

This will also be the first time a state-owned entity is monetizing its infrastructure assets through the InvIT route. This will also be only the third InvIT to be listed in the Indian markets, after IRB InvIT and India Grid Trust both of which went public in 2017.

An infrastructure investment trust is a quasi debt instrument that provides investors with a steady yield derived from cashflows from operating infrastructure projects such as roads, transmission lines or renewable energy projects. Publicly traded InvITs, like the one proposed by Power Grid can also offer an equity upside to investors.

ICICI Securities, Axis Capital, Edelweiss Financial Services and HSBC Securities and Capital Markets India are the lead managers to the issue.

Power Grid is not the only state owned entity that plans to raise funds through the InvIT route.

Mint reported on 15 January that state owned National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) plans to mobilize almost 10,000 crore this calendar year through an InvIT and other avenues.

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