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Ortel IPO closes; goes through by a whisker

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MUMBAI: It was meant to be a test of whether investors have confidence in the media – and more specifically in India’s relatively nascent cable TV sector. And the verdict is that while retail and HNI investors don’t, institutional investors definitely do.

We are referring to the Ortel Communications IPO which closed today. The regional cable TV MSO which approached the market to raise funds for its growth plans, said in a statement, quoting a Kotak Mahindra Capital spokesperson: ““The Ortel IPO has been successfully closed today. Ortel has successfully raised its entire primary capital requirement as stated in the IPO Red Herring Prospectus, along with providing partial exit to New Silk Route (NSR). The QIB segment has been fully subscribed with participation from  Mutual Funds and Insurance companies.The net under subscription in the HNI and Retail segments will reduce the offer for sale component by NSR.”

Simply translated the latter part of that statement means that NSR – its private equity investor – had decided to cut back on the amount of shares it was offering to the public.

At the time the IPO commenced with the price band at Rs 181-200, 12 million shares were on offer for investors. Six million of these were coming from the NSR stable, while Ortel was issuing another six million freshly. With Kotak Mahindra Capital as the issue manager, Ortel managed to rope in  Axis Mutal Fund and ICICI Prudential came in as anchor investors. Both picked up 2.55 million shares (0.9 million to Axis and 16.55 million by ICCI) for Rs 46.2 crore at the lower range of the price band.

That left about 9.45 million shares on offer to qualified instituitional bodies (QIBs) and retail/HNI investors. Bids were received for 7.12 million shares of these by day three of the issue. Thus the public offer was subscribed up to 0.75 time. Overall,  9.68 million shares, including the anchor component,  were lapped up totally or 81 per cent of the issue. The QIBs totally subscribed to what was available for them.

NSR, which was making a secondary sale, decided to lop off the the  shares it was selling 3.67 million, meaning only 61 per cent of its offer was subscribed. It was aiming to raise Rs 108-120 crore through the offfer.

Ortel, on its part, was was looking at raising  Rs 120 crore through the fresh issue.

The Kotak Mahindra spokesperson told indiantelevision.com that the retail investors don’t really understand the potential of cable TV while institutional investors do. “Hence, the QIB portion has been totally subscribed. Ortel has managed to raise all the growth capital it needs for the next two to three years,” he said. “Hence, retail investors who missed this IPO will have to opt for secondary market purchases.”

Estimares are that Ortel would end up raising around Rs 175 crore crore through the IPO. But the final tally totted up to Rs 175 crore-odd, according to Press Trust of India reports.

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