The initial public offering (IPO) of Happiest Minds Technologies Ltd opened to a robust response on Monday with bids for nearly three times the number of shares on offer.
The share sale received bids for 66.7 million shares against an IPO size of around 23.2 million shares, excluding the anchor book, showed data available on stock exchanges. The share sale closes on Wednesday. The retail portion witnessed exuberance and was subscribed 14.61 times, while the portion reserved for non-institutional investors and qualified institutional investors were subscribed 62% and 8%, respectively.
Happiest Minds, which is selling shares in the price band of ₹165-166, aims to raise ₹702 crore through the IPO.
Proceeds of the issue will be used to meet long-term working capital requirements and for general corporate purposes.
Bengaluru-based Happiest Minds is promoted by IT entrepreneur Ashok Soota.
On Friday, the company raised ₹316 crore through anchor investors, including the Singapore government, Goldman Sachs, Kuwait Investment Authority, Nomura Funds Ireland, Jupiter India and Pacific Horizon Investment.
Motilal Oswal Financial Services said the issue is expected to offer listing gains considering the market conditions and bright prospects for IT companies in a post covid-era.
“At the higher end of the price band, the issue is valued at 29 times the FY2020 price to earnings, which is comparable to larger mid-sized IT companies,” it said.
A strong presence in digital services, scalable business model with end-to-end capabilities and fast-improving financial performance are a few factors for investors favouring the company, Motilal Oswal analysts said.
“At the upper price band of ₹166, it is available at price to earnings of 34 times FY20, which is at a premium when compared to its large and midcap peers. However, post annualizing Q1FY21 numbers, we arrive at a PE of 12 times FY21 which seems attractive,” said Geojit Financial Services Limited.
With strong management pedigree and growth potential in a post covid-19 scenario, the brokerage firm sees potential in Happiest Minds Technologies.
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