Blackstone-backed Aadhar Housing Finance files papers for $1 billion IPO

Blackstone-backed Aadhar Housing Finance files papers for $1 billion IPO

Aadhar Housing Finance, backed by private equity firm Group, has filed for an initial public offering (IPO) of up to Rs 73 billion ($999.68 million), draft papers submitted to the country’s market regulator, Securities and Exchange Board of India, showed on Tuesday.

The offering will comprise a fresh issue of shares worth up to Rs 15 billion by the housing financier and shares worth up to Rs 58 billion by BCP Topco VII, an entity managed by that owns 98.72 per cent in the company.

The filing follows blockbuster IPOs by Burger King India and Mrs Bectors Food Specialities in December that cashed in on a stock market rally fuelled by improving outlook for an economy hit by the pandemic.

The filing also comes at a time when non-banking financial are under tighter scrutiny from the central bank after the collapse of some heavyweights in the sector.

Aadhar will use proceeds from the fresh issue to boost its capital base.

The company’s capital to risk (weighted) assets ratio was 47.84 per cent as of September 30, 2020.

It is one of the country’s largest mortgage lenders to low-income earners. It had Rs 114.32 billion worth of assets under management as of March 31, 2020.

Shadow lender DHFL and other promoters of Aadhar sold their stake to BCP Topco in 2019.

was seeking to raise at least $5 billion for its second private equity fund focused on Asia, Bloomberg reported in November.

ICICI Securities, Citigroup Global Markets India, Nomura Financial Advisory and Securities (India) and SBI Capital Markets are the lead book running managers for the IPO.

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