DLF to raise Rs 2,000 cr through IPP route

Last Updated: Wed, May 15, 2013 12:28 hrs

Real estate company DLF will sell up to 81 million shares at a face value of Rs 2 under the institutional placement programme (IPP) in the next 10 days, it is learnt. The company has appointed eight bankers for the sale and plans to raise about Rs 2,000 crore through the route.

As per the red herring prospectus (RHP), DLF will issue up to 81,018,417 equity shares of face value of Rs 2 each through IPP for eligible qualified institutional buyers.

However, the company is yet to decide on the timing, according to people close to the development. DLF already has shareholders' approval for an IPP, but is studying market conditions before the announcement.

DLF's IPP will enable it to meet the guidelines set by the Securities & Exchange Board of India (Sebi), which mandated all private listed companies to have at least 25 per cent public shareholding by June this year. The promoters' holding in DLF is expected to come down from 78 per cent at present to 75 per cent after the IPP.

This could further help the company bring down its debt, pegged at Rs 21,350 crore in the October-December 2012 quarter. DLF has appointed Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan and Standard Chartered, along with CLSA, HSBC, Kotak and UBS, to handle the sale.

According to IPP rules, the firm can either sell shares at the market price or at a five per cent discount to this market price. Five companies - Godrej Properties, Prestige Estates, Godrej Industries, Timken India and Mahindra Holidays - have come out with IPPs after Sebi announced the guidelines.

The share price of the company rose 2.81 per cent to Rs 239.35 on the BSE and the market capitalisation stood at Rs 40,658 crore.

  • DLF will sell 81 mn shares under IPP in next 10 days
  • This may further help the company bring down its debt level

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