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Rail infra engineering firm Ircon's IPO fully covered on second day
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The initial public offering (IPO) of government-owned railway infrastructure engineering and construction company Ircon International Ltd was fully covered on the second day on Tuesday thanks to continued support from retail investors.

The public issue received bids for 10.11 million shares on day two. That translates to 1.02 times the 9.9 million shares on offer, stock-exchange data showed.

The portion set aside for retail investors was covered 2.96 times. Shares reserved for institutional buyers received only a handful of bids while non-institutional investors bid for nearly 20% of the shares reserved for them at the end of day two.

Retail investors and eligible employees will get a discount of Rs 10 on the price at which the shares will be allotted.

The IPO is entirely a secondary market sale of 9.9 million shares by the government, including the stock reserved for employees.

Ircon’s public issue was subscribed 30% on Monday. The IPO will close on Wednesday.

Ircon is seeking a valuation of Rs 4,467.44 crore ($620.47 million when announced) at the upper end of the Rs 470-475 apiece price band for the IPO.

The public issue will result in a 10.53% stake dilution by the government, which currently owns a 99.69% stake. The Centre will get three years from the date of listing to bring its stake down to 75% or lower, as per regulatory guidelines for listed companies.

Ircon had filed its draft red herring prospectus on 27 March. It received the Securities and Exchange Board of India's (SEBI) approval on 12 July.

VCCircle had in June last year reported that the government had hired merchant bankers for various state-owned companies, including Ircon, with a view to taking them public.

IDBI Capital Markets & Securities, Axis Capital and SBI Capital Markets are the merchant bankers managing the IPO.

Ircon’s share sale is part of the government’s efforts to raise Rs 80,000 crore ($12.5 billion) from stake sales in state-run companies in the current fiscal year.

It is aiming to boost rural and infrastructure spending as well as contain fiscal deficit ahead of the 2019 general elections.

VCCircle had previously reported that the government was the biggest beneficiary of the IPO boom in 2017 after taking four state-run companies public. In all, the government raised about Rs 21,118 crore, besides selling stakes in listed companies.

Ircon, which was incorporated in April 1976, is an integrated engineering and construction company specialising in major infrastructure projects, including railways, highways, bridges among other residential, commercial and industrial infrastructure activities.

The company is headquartered in New Delhi and operates through 26 project offices and five regional offices in India, besides five overseas project offices in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Malaysia, South Africa and Algeria.

It had a workforce of 1,175 and an order book of Rs 22,406.79 crore as on March 2018.

Its core business verticals are construction and infrastructure development. Under its construction vertical, the company has undertaken 35 railway projects in India and overseas. Railway projects contributed 68.95% to its total revenue for the financial year 2017-18, as compared with 68.26% and 77.12% for 2016-17 and 2015-16, respectively.

Under the infrastructure development division, the company develops and maintains railways and roads on a build, operate and transfer basis.

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