Reviving its plans to go public after eight years, realty major Lodha Developers today filed a draft prospectus with market regulator SEBI to launch a public issue as it looks to raise about Rs 5,500 crore, mainly to repay debt.
The Mumbai-based realty firm filed its draft red herring prospectus with markets the Securities and Exchange Board of India, sources said.
The company had filed its DRHP in September 2009 to raise about Rs 2,800 crore. It had received SEBI's nod in January 2010, but later shelved its plan to launch the IPO due to bad market conditions post the global financial crisis.
This will be among the biggest IPOs in the real estate sector after DLF’s Rs 9,000-crore public issue in 2007.
According to the latest DRHP filed by Lodha, the company will issue fresh shares worth up to Rs 3,750 crore. The promoters will sell up to 1.8 crore shares through an offer for sale.
The total proceeds are estimated at about Rs 5,500 crore through the fresh issue as well as OFS, the source quoted above said. The company is also considering a pre-IPO placement of up to 95 lakh equity shares for cash consideration aggregating up to Rs 750 crore, the document said.
From the net proceeds of fresh issue of shares, Lodha would utilise Rs 3,300 crore to retire its debt. The company had an outstanding debt of nearly Rs 18,000 crore as of January-end this year.
The global coordinators of the IPO are Kotak Mahindra Capital, CLSA India, JM Financial and Morgan Stanley India.
A Lodha spokesperson declined to comment on the development.
Indian companies garnered Rs 84,357 crore through initial share sales in 2017-18, registering a nearly three-fold jump compared to the preceding fiscal, according to a report by Prime Database.
Last month, Bandhan Bank had raised around Rs 4,500 crore through its IPO.
In July last year, Lodha Developers MD Abhishek Lodha had said the company is reviving its IPO plans. "We are aiming for listing in calendar year 2018 and shall approach SEBI in the next 6-9 months," he had said.
The privately-held Lodha Group, which was founded in 1995 by Mangal Prabhat Lodha, had completed projects with developable area of 50.49 million sq ft till December last year.
The company has 37 ongoing projects, of which 35 are in India and two in London. These projects account for a developable area of 33.80 million sq ft, bulk of it in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).
The group had forayed into the London realty market in 2013 and acquired two prime sites in central London for an investment of about 400 million pounds. Lodha U.K. is eyeing a sales revenue of 1.5 billion pounds (over Rs 12,000 crore) from two ongoing housing projects in central London.