Gland Pharma Gets SEBI’s Go-Ahead To Float IPO
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Gland Pharma Gets SEBI’s Go-Ahead To Float IPO

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Gland Pharma Ltd. has received capital markets regulator Securities Exchange Board of India’s go-ahead to launch an initial public offering that includes fresh issue of shares worth up to Rs 1,250 crore.

Apart from the fresh issue, there is an offer for sale of a little over 3.4 crore shares as part of the initial public offering.

The Hyderabad-based company, backed by China's Fosun Pharma, develops, manufactures and markets complex injectables.

The company filed draft papers in July and obtained SEBI’s observation on Oct. 19 to float an IPO, an update with the capital markets showed on Monday.

SEBI’s observation is necessary for any company to launch public issues like initial public offer, follow-on public offer and rights issue.

Going by the draft papers, the IPO comprises fresh shares worth up to Rs 1,250 crore and OFS of up to 3,48,63,635 shares. The latter includes sale of up to 1,93,68,686 shares by Fosun Pharma Industrial Pte Ltd., 1,00,47,435 shares by Gland Celsus Bio Chemicals Pvt. Ltd., 35,73,014 shares by Empower Discretionary Trust and 18,74,500 shares by Nilay Discretionary Trust.

According to investment banking sources, the IPO would be worth over Rs 5,000 crore.

This could probably be the first big Indian company with a Chinese parent to go for public listing.

The company's promoters are Fosun Singapore and Shanghai Fosun Pharma.

The proceeds from the fresh issue of shares will be utilised for working capital, capital expenditure and general corporate purposes, as per the draft papers.

Gland Pharma was founded by PVN Raju in 1978 and Fosun Pharma acquired 74% stake in the company in 2017.

Shares of the company are proposed to be listed on the BSE and the NSE.

Kotak Mahindra Capital Company Ltd., Citigroup Global Markets India Pvt. Ltd., Haitong Securities India Pvt. Ltd. and Nomura Financial Advisory and Securities (India) Pvt. Ltd. are the book running lead managers to the IPO.

The company sells its products primarily under a business-to-business model in over 60 countries, including the U.S., Canada, Australia and India.

It had 3,791 people across its facilities in India as on March 31, 2020.

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