Monday, February 5, 2007

MindTree Consulting IPO opens on Feb 9; priced at Rs. 365 – 425

MindTree Consulting Limited, an IT services company, is coming out with its maiden public offering of its equity shares, which opens on February 9, 2007 and close on February 14, 2007. The company proposes to offer 55.9 mn equity shares of Rs. 10 each at a price band of Rs. 365/- to Rs. 425/- per equity share through a 100% book building process method. The issue will constitute 15.00% of the post-issue capital of the company. Kotak Mahindra Capital, JM Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and Macquarie are the managers to the issue.

MindTree is organized into two divisions – IT Services and R&D Services. IT Services comprise IT strategic consulting, application development and maintenance, package implementation and product engineering services. The IT Services business unit offers such services mainly to industries such as manufacturing, travel and transportation, banking, financial services and insurance. R&D Services are organized into two divisions – Engineering, which provides product realization services including architecture and design, re-engineering and product assurance to technology and product firms; and Research, which conceives and develops intellectual properties, primarily in the short-range wireless communication segment and licenses and customizes such intellectual properties for clients.

Read the press release here.

In a related development, MindTree is about to acquire a domestic semiconductor design company in an all-cash deal. The target company is reported to employ around 200 people. It has a sales presence in the US and a delivery centre in India. MindTree has signed a non-binding term-sheet with this firm and due diligence is on. It expects the acquisition to add to its IC (integrated chip) design capability and will also bring in new customers. This will be MindTree’s third acquisition in its seven-year history. The company had earlier made two acquisitions, the software division of ASAP and its subsidiary in September 2004 and Linc Software Services in June 2005.

Read the article in Business Standard.

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