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YES Bank raises USD 500 mn, demand strong after Narendra Modi's win

The offering, aimed at boosting its balance sheet, drew strong demand, pricing at the top end of its indicative range and bids outnumbered shares on offer by five times.

Abhishek Vishnoiand Indulal PM | May 30, 2014 | Updated 12:09 IST
YES Bank raises $500 mn, demand strong after Modi win
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YES Bank has raised $500 million in a share sale to institutional investors, two bankers involved in the deal have said.

The offering, aimed at boosting its balance sheet, drew strong demand, pricing at the top end of its indicative range and bids outnumbered shares on offer by five times, the bankers said.

This is the first of a raft of equity deals expected after a landslide election victory for new Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Bharatiya Janata Party leader won India's first outright parliamentary majority in three decades with a pledge to boost growth and create jobs, raising hopes among investors for a turnaround led by spending on infrastructure.

Bankers have said the election win is set to trigger billions of dollars in share sales by Indian companies, although big-ticket IPOs may have to wait until Modi proves he can deliver on promised reforms.

The last large IPO was Bharti Infratel's $750 million listing in late 2012.

YES Bank's $500 million share sale is the largest secondary offering by an Indian company since State Bank of India raised $1.3 billion in January.

"This is the beginning of a slew of new papers that will come to the market over the next two to three months," said a banker who worked on the YES Bank deal. He declined to identified as he was not authorised to speak to the media.

"A large number of firms, ranging from financial services to industrials, need capital to tap the expected pick-up in growth and they have a nice window of opportunity on the back of the market euphoria," the banker said.

A sluggish economy and stalled bureaucratic decision-making for the past two years battered Indian corporate sentiment and thwarted capital raisings.

YES Bank's shares were priced at about Rs 550 each, the upper end of the indicative price range of Rs 530 to Rs 550 and a 0.3 per cent premium to Thursday's closing price.

A YES Bank spokesman declined to comment on the share sale.

Shares in YES Bank were trading 4 per cent higher at Rs 570 on Friday, while the BSE Sensex was up 0.3 per cent.

The bank's stock is up more than 50 per cent so far this year with financial sector shares in favour on hopes that an economic revival will spur a pick up in loan growth.

(Reuters)

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