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SMEs' Q1 IPO receipts grow over two-fold to Rs 825 crore

New Delhi: Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) raised a staggering Rs 825 crore through initial public offerings in the first quarter of 2018-19, more than two-fold jump from the preceding financial year.

Funds raised through initial public offers (IPOs) were meant for business expansion plans, working capital requirements and other general corporate purposes, according to offer documents.

A total of 47 companies got listed with initial shares-sale offers worth Rs 825 crore during April-June quarter of 2018-19 as compared to 24 firms which tapped the IPO route to garner Rs 310 crore in the same period of the previous year, as per the data provided by merchant banker.

This reflects a significant rise in the amount raised through SME platforms of BSE and NSE.

Further, average issue size also increased to over Rs 17 crore during the period under review from Rs 13 crore in the first quarter of 2017-18.

"It has been more than six years since SME market opened up and we have witnessed this market evolving gradually with varying trends: high over-subscriptions, widening shareholder base, venture capital exits through this platform, anchor investor participation and the like.

"This segment will continue to be of interest and will grow leaps and bounds in time to come," said Mahavir Lunawat, Group Managing Director, at Pantomath Advisory Services Group.

Geographically, Gujarat topped the list as a maximum 17 firms from the state listed on Small and medium enterprises bourses, followed by Maharashtra (11), Delhi (5) and Madhya Pradesh (3).

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