A man rides a bicycle past a building under construction stands the site of The World Towers, a luxury residential project developed by Lodha Developers. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Lodha Developers’ Rs 5,500-Crore IPO Gets SEBI Approval

Realty major Lodha Developers Ltd. has received Securities and Exchange Board of India’s nod to launch Rs 5,500-crore initial public offering.

Lodha, which had filed preliminary papers with SEBI in April seeking approval to float an initial share sale, got the regulator's “observations” on July 6, according to the latest update with the markets watchdog.

The approval paves way for the second biggest IPO in the real estate sector after DLF which had raised close to Rs 9,200 crore in 2007 though its initial share sale offer.

Apart from Lodha Developers, the regulator has given clearance to Shakun Polymers and Dinesh Engineers to float initial share sales.

According to the draft prospectus filed with SEBI, Lodha Developers plans to issue fresh shares worth Rs 3,750 crore besides an offer for sale of 1.8 crore shares by the promoters. Also, it aims to raise about Rs 750 crore out of the proposed issue through a pre-IPO placement of 95 lakh fresh shares.

According to merchant banking sources, the company is looking to raise about Rs 5,500 crore through IPO, including pre-placement of shares.

Earlier, the company had kept the realty firm's proposed IPO in abeyance "for examination of past violations. However, the regulator had not clarified about it further.

Also read: Lodha Files IPO Prospectus With SEBI; Looks To Raise Rs 5,500 Crore

Lodha Group is developing around 40 million sqft area and has 31 ongoing projects in London, Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Pune, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. It has a land bank of 350 million sqft for future development.