ESAF Small Finance Bank files Rs 976-cr IPO papers with SEBI; proceeds to be used to raise lender's tier-1 capital

  • The IPO comprises a fresh issue of shares worth Rs 800 crore and an offer-for-sale (OFS) aggregating up to Rs 176.2 crore

  • The public issue is being managed by Axis Capital, Edelweiss Financial Services, ICICI Securities and IIFL Securities

  • The Kerala-based bank currently operates in 16 states and 1 Union Territory through its 403 branches and 38 ultra-small branches

New Delhi: ESAF Small Finance Bank on Monday filed draft papers with market regulator SEBI to float a Rs 976-crore initial public offering (IPO).

The IPO comprises a fresh issue of shares worth Rs 800 crore and an offer-for-sale (OFS) aggregating up to Rs 176.2 crore, according to the draft prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

 ESAF Small Finance Bank files Rs 976-cr IPO papers with SEBI; proceeds to be used to raise lenders tier-1 capital

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ESAF Small Finance Bank, in consultation with its book running lead managers may consider a pre-IPO placement of up to Rs 300 crore. If it is undertaken, the amount raised will be reduced from the fresh issue, the draft papers noted.

The proceeds from the fresh issue will be used to augment the bank's tier-1 capital (primarily loans or advances and investment portfolio) to meet future capital requirements.

The public issue is being managed by Axis Capital, Edelweiss Financial Services, ICICI Securities and IIFL Securities.

The Kerala-based bank currently operates in 16 states and 1 Union Territory through its 403 branches and 38 ultra-small branches, serving over 3.73 million customers.

The bank's net profit increased from Rs 24.06 crore in September 2018 to Rs 92.44 crore in September 2019 and the interest earned increased from Rs 472.25 crore in September 2018 to Rs 660.68 crore in September 2019.

ESAF Small Finance Bank will continue to focus on its rural and semi urban franchisees and increase deposits across non-resident Indians (NRIs), among others, according to the draft papers.

In 2017, AU Small Finance Bank launched its over Rs 1,900 crore initial share-sale.

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Updated Date: Jan 06, 2020 19:31:03 IST