Microlender Ujjivan eyes $375M valuation in IPO

Bengaluru-based microfinance firm Ujjivan Financial Services Ltd is seeking a valuation of as much as Rs 2,500 crore ($375 million) in an initial public offering that opens on April 28.

The company has priced the issue, which closes on May 2, in a band of Rs 207-210 per share. The company aims to raise Rs 358 crore by selling fresh shares while the offer for sale from overseas investors, who are exiting or paring their stakes in the company, will be worth about Rs 527 crore.

The offer for sale will include share sales from investors including Elevar Equity, International Finance Corporation, Sarva Capital and Women’s World Banking Capital Partners.

Ujjivan filed its draft papers with the Securities and Exchange Board of India in January and the capital markets regulator’s approval last month.

It had earlier planned to mop up Rs 650 crore through the fresh share issue in the IPO but it trimmed the targeted amount after raising almost Rs 292 crore via a pre-IPO placement, according to its Red Herring Prospectus. The company plans to use proceeds from the fresh share issue to augment its capital base.

Ujjivan becomes the second microfinance institution, after Equitas, with in-principle approval to launch a small finance bank to go public. The in-principle approval from the Reserve Bank of India requires small finance banks to pare their foreign shareholding to 49 per cent. Foreign investors owned almost 89 per cent of the company before the pre-IPO placement and currently hold about 77 per cent. After the IPO, their stake will fall to 45 per cent.

Overall, Ujjivan will be the third microlender to list on the stock exchanges; SKS Microfinance made its debut in 2010. Equitas listed on the stock exchanges Thursday with strong gains after its IPO was oversubscribed 16 times. SKS has a market valuation of Rs 7,445 crore while Equitas is valued at Rs 4,616 crore, based on their closing share prices on Friday.

Kotak Mahindra Capital, Axis Capital, ICICI Securities and IIFL Holdings are the lead managers to the Ujjivan IPO.

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