The Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group firm Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management Ltd.’s Rs 1,542 Crore initial public offer (IPO) will open for subscription on October 25, 2017. This would be the first ever IPO by an Asset Management Company (AMC) in India. Company’s CEO Mr. Sundeep Sikka had said the company initially aims to dilute 10% stake and further 15% as per the SEBI norms. Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management got the Board of Director’s nod in June to launch the IPO.
Jointly owned by Japan’s Nippon Life and Reliance Capital, the firm is the asset manager to Reliance Mutual Fund.
The issue, with a marquee price band of Rs 247-252 per equity share, will open on 25th and close on October 27, 2017. The offer by the manager of India’s third-biggest mutual fund by assets under management involves a 10 percent stake sale in the company.
The public issue would comprise of fresh issuance of 2.45 Crore shares, besides an offer for sale (OFS) of 1.12 Crore shares by Reliance Capital and 2.55 Crore shares by Nippon Life Insurance Company. The IPO size would be around 10 per cent of the post issue paid-up capital of the company.
Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management is the largest asset management company in India and has around Rs 359,000 Crores assets under management, including Rs 2.23 lakh Crores for mutual funds. “The idea is to be in a state of readiness for both growth opportunities that lie ahead and even more for the consolidation that will happen,” according to CEO Mr. Sundeep Sikka. According to him “the proceeds will be used for both organic and inorganic opportunities and growth for this company.”
The company has pan-India network of 171 branches, of which 132 were in B-15 cities, as of June 30. It intends to increase its branch network by adding 150 new branches and relocating 54 exiting branches in the B-15 locations by March 31, 2021.
The Reliance Capital-promoted company saw its revenues and profit after tax (PAT) rising at compound annual growth rates of 18.2 per cent and 15 per cent, respectively, over FY 13-17.
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) issued its observations on the proposed IPO of Reliance Nippon on October 5, as per the latest update available on the regulator’s website.
As of June 2017, there are 41 active AMCs actively operating in the current market comprising of 7 entities sponsored by public sector banks, 2 entities sponsored by financial institutions, 25 AMCs sponsored by the private sector and other financial companies and 7 entities sponsored by foreign players (including joint ventures).
JM Financial, CLSA, Nomura and Axis Capital are the main banks managing the IPO while Edelweiss, IIFL Holdings, SBI Capital Markets and Yes Securities as book-runners.