Videocon d2h gets Sebi approval for Rs 7 billion IPO

Videocon d2h gets Sebi approval for Rs 7 billion IPO

MUMBAI: The decks have been cleared for Bharat Business Channel, the company that runs Videocon Group?s DTH business, to go ahead with its proposed Rs 7 billion initial public offering (IPO) with Sebi giving its nod.

The company, which operates the DTH business under Videocon d2h brand, had filed its draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with Sebi in December last year for the IPO. It plans to list the shares on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).

Sebi issued its final observations on the draft offer documents on 15 March.

Videocon d2h plans to spend Rs 4.88 billion out of the IPO proceeds on purchase of set-top-boxes (STBs) and associated equipment. The company will use another Rs 695.85 million to repay or prepay part of its debt from banks. The remaining amount will be for general corporate purposes.

Bharat Business Channel had outstanding secured indebtedness of Rs 16.62 billion from banks and indebtedness of another Rs 2.25 billion from Videocon Industries as of 31 October 2012.

The company plans to raise Rs 500 million through sale of equity before the IPO. If the pre-IPO placement is completed, the public issue size will be reduced to the extent of such placement.

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