Barbeque Nation gets Sebi nod for IPO

According to market sources, the IPO size will approximately be between Rs 1,000 crore-1,200 crore.
  • Nusra Deputy Features Editor
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Bengaluru-based Barbeque Nation Hospitality has received Sebi's nod to raise Rs 1,000-1,200 crore through IPO.

The IPO comprises a fresh issue of shares worth Rs 275 crore and an offer-for-sale of up to 98,22,947 equity shares, according to the draft papers filed with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), reported PTI.

The casual-dining chain may consider a pre-IPO placement to the tune of Rs 150 crore.

Barbeque Nation Hospitality filed its draft papers with Sebi earlier this February, obtained "observations" from the regulator on July 7, latest update with the capital markets watchdog showed.

Proceeds of the issue will be utilized to repay an outstanding borrowing of Rs 205 crore in part or full and for general corporate purposes.

The company is promoted by Sayaji Hotels, Sayaji Housekeeping Services, Kayum Dhanani, Raoof Dhanani and Suchitra Dhanani and is backed by private equity firm CX Partners, which made its first investment in 2013 and 2015 respectively.

The promoters hold 60.24 per cent, CX Partners owns 33.79 per cent and renowned stock market investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala's investment firm Alchemy Capital holds 2.05 per cent in the company.

According to market sources, the IPO size will approximately be between Rs 1,000 crore-1,200 crore.

The issue is being managed by IIFL Securities, Axis Capital, Ambit Capital and SBI Capital Markets.

In 2017, the company had filed IPO papers with Sebi seeking to raise Rs 700 crore. However, the regulator kept the processing of the company's proposed IPO in abeyance "pending regulatory action for past violations" and finally approved the IPO plan in January 2018.

It currently operates around 138 restaurants across India and seven outlets in the UAE, Oman and Malaysia respectively.

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