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Cloud over Adani Enterprises FPO as stock dips 11-15% below offer


The rout in shares of Adani Enterprises (AEL) has put the firm’s Rs 20,000-crore follow-on public offering (FPO) under a cloud.

The share sale on the first day garnered just 1 per cent subscription, attracting bids worth Rs 150 crore as against Rs 14,908 crore on offer, the data provided by the exchanges showed.

Shares of AEL crashed 18.3 per cent on Friday to finish at Rs 2,769.

The stock now is available at an 11-15.5 per cent discount to the FPO price. The price band for the FPO is Rs 3,112-3,276 per share.

“Even if one applies a Rs 64 discount applicable for retail investors, the stock is available 9 per cent cheaper. If the stock fails to recover over the next two days, the FPO will struggle to garner adequate subscription. Why would an investor buy the stock expensive in the FPO when it is available cheaper in the secondary market? There has to be some gain on the table to entice investors,” said an analyst.

When AEL set the price band for its FPO on January 18, the secondary market price was more than 10 per cent higher.

AEL’s FPO closes on Tuesday. The company has received commitments for Rs 5,985 crore from anchor investors.

The carnage in the group stocks has been triggered by a controversial report by Hindenburg Research, which has made accusations of market manipulation and accounting fraud.

In the FPO, Maybank Securities subscribed to over a third of shares in the anchor book, worth Rs 2,040 crore.

ELM Park Fund, Winro Commercial, Belgrave Investment Fund, and Dovetail India Fund Class were the other big investors subscribing to shares worth over Rs 300 crore each.

Among domestic institutions, LIC’s subscription was worth nearly Rs 300 crore, while SBI Life Insurance got an allotment for Rs 125 crore and SBI Employees Pension Fund another Rs 100 crore. Notably, domestic mutual funds (MFs) have so far abstained.

In the FPO, AEL is issuing partly paid-up shares. It will collect 50 per cent, or Rs 1,638 per share, from investors in the first tranche, and the remaining 50 per cent in one or more tranches over an 18-month period.

“Since the FPO will have one or more call options, it is necessary that the stock stays above the FPO price or the company will risk non-payment by investors if it goes out-of-the-money,” explained the analyst quoted earlier.




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