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Rs 20,000-cr public offers in the offing

The IPO lane is getting busy as companies have lined up initial public offerings worth Rs 20,000 crore in the coming months to fund their business expansion and meet working capital requirements. Hudco, NSE, Central Depository Services Ltd, Nakshatra World and Cochin Shipyard are among the names that plan to launch share-sale offers in coming months. Most of these companies plan to utilise initial public offer (IPO) proceeds for business expansion as well as working capital requirements.

Besides, the firms are taking IPO route to achieve benefits of listing the equity shares on the bourses.

Some of the firms believe the listing of the equity shares will enhance their brand name and provide liquidity to the existing shareholders.

At present, five companies -- Hudco, Central Depository Services Ltd, S Chand and Company, Genesis Colors and Security & Intelligence Services (India) Ltd -- have secured Sebi's go-ahead to float their respective public offers.

In addition, 11 companies including GTPL Hathway, NSE, Bharat Road Network, Tejas Networks, Eris Lifesciences, Salasar Techno Engineering, Au Financiers, Prataap Snacks, PSP Projects are awaiting the regulator's approval to float IPOs.

Together, these companies are expected to raise about Rs Rs 20,000 crore.

Moreover, companies like SBI Life Insurance are expected to file IPO papers in the near future.

Besides, five companies including leading bourse BSE and Avenue Supermarts, the operator of retail chain D-Mart, have already hit the Dalal Streets this year so far.

NSE's IPO will see existing shareholders offloading 20-25 per cent shares to the public through the OFS route.

It is expected to be one of the biggest in recent times, with an estimated size of over Rs 10,000 crore, sources said.

According to experts, the IPO market is expected to see some activity this year as half a dozen companies have filed their draft papers with Sebi in 2017 so far to launch public offers and many are awaiting the regulator's nod.
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