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India's first infrastructure investment trust dips on debut


By Elzio Barreto and Swati Bhat

HONG KONG/(Reuters) - India's first investment (InvIT) fell in its trading debut on Thursday, potentially acting as a dampener for similar listings in coming months of high-yield securities that are tapping investors' appetite for stronger returns.

IRB InvIT Fund fell 0.8 percent in early morning trade, reversing gains of as much as 2.9 percent shortly after opening. It traded at 101.20 rupees, compared with the 102 rupees initial public offering price.

The fund, which owns, operates and maintains a portfolio of six toll-road assets, raised $782 million in an IPO that was oversubscribed and priced at the top of expectations.

The performance of the fund, which was priced to yield 12 percent a year, will be closely watched by other issuers looking to raise at least $1.3 billion in similar deals this year.

investment trusts and real estate investment trusts (REITs) are entities that invest in rent-yielding assets and distribute most of their income to shareholders as dividends.

IRB InvIT Fund was the largest of a series of InvITs expected to tap Indian equity markets in coming months, including Reliance InvIT fund's $388 million deal, Grid Trust's $350 million, and others from MEP Developers and IL&FS Transportation InvITs.

The IPO was subscribed 8.6 times. Investors including Singapore government entities bought shares of IRB InvIT in the anchor portion of the sale.

(Reporting by Elzio Barreto; Additional reporting by Samantha Kareen Nair in BENGALURU; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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