Railways consultancy firm RITES, the first state-owned firm to hit the IPO market in the current fiscal ended the day at Rs 211 levels on the National Stock Exchange (NSE). The stock debuted at Rs 190 levels, up up 2.7% from its issue price of Rs 185 a share.
Analysts, however, are not in favour of buying the stock at the current levels.
According to AK Prabhakar, head of research at IDBI Capital, "The market sentiment, currently is not in favor of buying the new IPOs. The increase in stock price is mainly due to over-subscription. A number of PSU listings have happened but they have not performed as well as they should have. I advise investors to wait one - two months before buying the stock."
The Rs 466-crore initial public offer garnered strong investor demand, with the issue getting subscribed more than 67 times. The category set aside for qualified institutional buyers (QIBs) was subscribed 71.72 times, non-institutional investors 194.56 times and retail investors 15.74 times.
The price band for the issue was fixed at Rs 180-185 per share. The issue had consisted of offer for sale of 2.52 crore equity shares by the government.
RITES is a wholly owned government company, a Miniratna (Category – I) Schedule 'A' public sector enterprise. It is a leading player in the transport consultancy and engineering sector in India and the only company having diversified services and geographical reach in this field under one roof, as per IRR Report.