NEW DELHI : SAMHI Hotels has received markets regulator Sebi's go ahead to raise an estimated 1,800-2,000 crore through its initial public offering.

The company, which had filed IPO papers with the regulator in September, obtained "observations" from the markets watchdog on November 29, according to information available with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi).

The regulator's observations are necessary for any company to launch public issue like initial public offer, follow-on public offer and rights issue.

Going by the draft papers, SAMHI Hotels' IPO comprises a fresh issue of 1,100 crore and an offer for sale (OFS) of 1,91,45,624 equity shares.

According to market sources, the total issue size will be between 1,800 -2,000 crore.

Net proceeds of the fresh issue will be utilised towards repayment or prepayment of certain indebtedness by the company and its subsidiaries. Besides, the money will be utilised for general corporate purposes.

Kotak Mahindra Capital Company, CLSA India, DSP Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs will manage the offer.

As on June 30, 2019, the current portfolio of SAMHI consists of 27 operating hotels across 12 cities.

For operating its hotels, the company has a long-standing relationship with three leading hotel operators --Marriott, IHG and Hyatt, as per the company overview in draft papers.

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