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Tejas Networks IPO gets lukewarm response; oversubscribed just 1.9 times

The wealthy investor portion of the issue remained undersubscribed at 50%

Samie Modak  |  Mumbai 

Sanjay Nayak, CEO and MD of Tejas Networks Ltd addresses during announcement the company's IPO in Mumbai (Photo: PTI)

Telecom networking products company received cold response for its initial public offering (IPO) as it was subscribed just 1.9 times. The wealthy investor portion of the issue remained undersubscribed at 50 per cent. The institutional and retail investor quota garnered 2.2 times and three times subscription respectively.

Market players said the lukewarm response from high net worth investors (HNIs) could mean the investors were not excepting good listing day returns.

Tejas Networks' comprised of fresh equity issuance of Rs 450 crore and offer sale by existing shareholders of Rs 327 crore. The OFS portion was around 14 per cent of the post issue

Part of the fresh issue proceeds (Rs 303 crore) will be used for working capital and the remaining will be deployed for capital expenditure towards payment of salaries and wages.

Tejas will be the first company in optical networking equipment to list on domestic bourses. At the top end of the price band, the company was valued at Rs 2,300 crore. The company is professionally managed with no identifiable promoter with private equity investors owning 75 per cent pre- Following the IPO, the PE holding in the company will drop to 49.5 per cent.

The price band for the was Rs 250 to Rs 257 per share. At the higher end of the price band, the issue was valued at 14.1 times its enterprise value (EV) to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) and 25 times its price to earnings (P/E) for 2016-17, said Centrum in a note. Some of the optical fibre companies like Sterlite Technologies trade at 11.4 times EV/EBITDA and 30 times P/E on FY17 basis. "Given the differentiated business model of the company and relatively short track record of improving financials (last two years only) it is difficult to take a call on the valuation," said Centrum in note.

The was managed by Axis Capital, Citigroup, Edelweiss and Nomura.

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