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India sees highest number of IPOs in first half of 2018: Report

Indian stock exchanges accounted for 5 per cent of global proceeds in the January-June period.

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India sees highest number of IPOs in first half of 2018: Report

Market slowdown and volatility during the first half of this fiscal failed to dampen investor expectations about the prospects of IPOs being launched in the country. In fact, Indian exchanges logged the highest IPO activity as the country saw 90 IPO launches that raised Rs 26,707 crore ($3.9 billion) in the first half of this year, says a report.

Indian bourses saw the maximum IPO activity globally in terms of number of deals accounting for 16 per cent of the total issues in the first half of this year (January-June), according to EY India IPO Readiness Survey Report.

Indian stock exchanges accounted for 5 per cent of global proceeds in the January-June period.

As per the report, the January-June period saw 90 IPOs raising Rs 26,707 crore ($3.9 billion), registering a 27 per cent jump in number of deals and 28 per cent rise in value terms over the same period last year.

During the first half of this year, Bandhan Bank, Lemons Tree Hotels, Fine Organic, Galaxy Surfactants, Aster DM Healthcare, PSU Bharat Dynamics, Hindustan Aeronautics, ICICI Securities IPO, Sandhar Technologies, Apollo Micro Systems, Amber Enterprises,  Apollo Micro Systems, Newgen Software came out with their IPOs.

"The IPO ecosystem is evolving at a rapid pace in India with several companies looking to list within 2018. Financial sector, infrastructure and consumer companies with strong growth continue to be favourable for increased IPO activity," said Sandip Khetan, Partner and National Leader, Financial Accounting Advisory Services (FAAS), EY India.

Out of 90 deals that listed in the first half of this year, 15 listed both on NSE and BSE, accounting for 93 per cent of the total proceeds.

National SME recorded 42 listing accounting, contributing a mere 5 per cent to the country's proceeds in the January-June period, while Bombay SME recorded 37 per cent (33) of all deals listed, contributing 2 per cent to the total proceeds.

Steady investor confidence and the rise in domestic capital in the equity markets ensured a healthy IPO pipeline across sectors, the report said.

Besides, brighter earnings outlook, stability in equity markets and macroeconomic conditions and a high investor appetite also fuelled IPO activity.

However, issuer not having the right management experience and overpricing of stock in the IPO are the biggest concerns for respondents.

For the first half of this year, the top five sectors in terms of deals were - industrials (27), consumer staples (18), materials (14), consumer products (10) and technology (5).

As regards to proceeds, top sectors were - industrials ($1.5 billion), financial sector ($1.5 billion), consumer staples ($279 million), media and entertainment ($160 million) and health care ($158 million).

"Our survey indicates that good quality companies, coupled with attractive pricing and right timing are the key factors for a successful IPO," Vish Dhingra, Partner, Financial Accounting Advisory Services, EY India, added.

Data includes effective IPOs as of 31 May 2018 and expected IPOs as of 30 June 2018.

With PTI inputs

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