Monday, December 18, 2006

Cairn India fixes issue price at Rs. 160

Cairn India, a crude oil and natural gas exploration and production company, has fixed its issue price at Rs. 160 per share. The low pricing is due to uncertainty in market conditions, and consequent weak response from investors. The company will now have to return nearly Rs. 335 crore to private equity investors, (PE) for pre-IPO placement done at Rs. 176 per share. The issue was oversubscribed just 1.14 times with QIBs portion subscribed 1.36 times, HNI 0.47 times and Retail 0.9 times. The company entered the capital markets with a public issue of 328 mn equity shares of Rs. 10 for cash at a premium to be decided through a 100% book-building process. DSP Merrill Lynch, ABN-AMRO Securities and JM Morgan Stanley were the book running lead managers.

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