Blackstone-backed SH Kelkar’s IPO oversubscribed 26 times
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The initial public offering (IPO) of S.H. Kelkar & Co. Pvt Ltd, a Mumbai-based maker of fragrances and flavours, was oversubscribed 26 times at the end of the issue, stock-exchange data showed on Friday.

The bumper subscription was led by non-institutional investors, who applied for 87 times the number of shares reserved for them.

The portions kept for qualified institutional investors and retail investors were oversubscribed 25 times and two times, respectively.

Non-institutional investors had fully covered their quota on day one itself. Qualified institutional buyers led the show on Thursday, bidding for 4.6 times the portion reserved for them. Retail investors' quota was subscribed less than half on the second day.

The company opened its IPO in a price band of Rs 173-180 a share.

S.H. Kelkar & Co had raised Rs 152.45 crore ($23.4 million) from a clutch of anchor investors on the eve of the public issue. It allotted shares at the upper end of the price band to various domestic mutual funds as well as foreign institutional investors including T Rowe Price and Smallcap World Fund.

Earlier, the company had made minor changes to its IPO to raise a tad more than initially planned. The firm is now looking to raise Rs 210 crore against Rs 200 crore as proposed earlier. While its private equity investor Blackstone has maintained the terms of its shares offered for sale, the promoter Vaze family will now sell 3.3 million shares against the previous plan to offload 2.3 million shares.

For Blackstone, the world's largest alternative assets manager, this would mark the first liquidity event in India through an IPO. Two years ago, it had explored a similar part-exit through a proposed public issue of Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd but later opted for a secondary deal where Bain Capital bought it out.

JM Financial and Kotak Mahindra Capital are the bankers to the issue.

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