Friday, February 08, 2008

IPO market deflates as 2 major IPO's withdraw

New Delhi: Real estate major Emaar MGF on Friday decided to withdraw its initial public offering as the issue could not get fully subscribed.
“The decision has been taken due to prevailing adverse market condition...although the QIB and HNI portions of the IPO were fully subscribed and the overall book was closed to 90%,” the company said in a statement.
Emaar MGF, the joint venture between Dubai-based Emaar and India’s MGF Development, has said that it would consider IPO at an appropriate time.
“Given the prevailing sentiments in the capital markets, it was unclear how well the stock would trade post-listing. It has been considered wiser to revisit the market only when the demand and sentiment are stable and better providing greater value to investors”, it said.
Delhi-based Emaar MGF said that the company remains committed to executing its projects on hand and is well funded to ensure that the delay in IPO would not hamper its growth plans.
The company expects to return to the market at a later date when sentiment and liquidity conditions are better.
Emaar MGF entered the capital market on February one with an IPO of 10.25 crore equity shares of Rs10 each to be determined through a 100% book building.
The issue was scheduled to close on February six. The company had initially fixed the price band at Rs610-690, which later on was brought down to Rs540-630.
The company further slashed its lower band to Rs530 per share and extended the period of public offer till 11 February. The issue was originally scheduled to close on 6 February.
Emaar MGF is present in 26 cities in India and has 13,000 acre of land bank. The company plans to develop 566 million sq ft during the next nine years, of which 455 million sq ft is residential, 90 million sq ft commercial and 18 million sq ft for retail.

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