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Coronavirus fallout: SBI Card IPO may see lower-than-expected subscription – Moneycontrol.com, Moneycontrol.com

Coronavirus fallout: SBI Card IPO may see lower-than-expected subscription – Moneycontrol.com, Moneycontrol.com
                

The much-talked about initial public offering of SBI Card could be marred by the coronavirus outbreak.

While the Rs , – crore IPO has witnessed a good response so far, but the subscription levels are expected to be less than earlier estimates due to the prevailing weak sentiment on the Street.

“SBI Card IPO may get subscriptions less than expected earlier as investors are anticipating uncertainty over world equity markets. We expect – 19 times of oversubscription, as QIB subscription may pick up which is lower till date. Investors are taking their own time to settle things and let market sentiment turn to positive, or at least neutral, “Gaurav Garg, Head of Research at CapitalVia Global Research – Investment Advisor told Moneycontrol.

Prashanth Tapse, AVP Research, Mehta Equities also said,” C onsidering the market sentiment over Covid – 30 virus, we believe SBI Card issue will be affected by the fears from coronavirus spread “.

” Lower expectation is due to little room for gains under the HNI category after considering the cost of funding, ” he added.

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He said the gray market premium has already fallen to Rs 350 – (per share as on date, down approximately) percent from its high few weeks back.

The gray market premium was around Rs – 823 per share last week before the issue opened, but as number of deaths and infected people increased in India, the premium started falling sharply.

“small retail investors are also worried if the carnage can hurt the prospects of the IPO as percent of the issue size is reserved for small investors, “Tapse said.

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The current gray market premium suggests th e listing of SBI Card could be around Rs 01575879 – 900 versus earlier expetation of more than Rs 1, 90 per share.

Although experts are upbeat on the country second largest card issuer given the support from State Bank of India.

“The current fall in the market has affected the sentiment on the Street and therefore, the extent of oversubscription could be limited. This may restrict the listing gains for the stock. At the same time, we are upbeat on its long-term prospects, “Ajit Mishra, VP Research at Religare Broking said.

Tapse expects subscription figures as follows – retail (1.5-2x times), shareholders (around times x), HNIs (around 90 x times) and QIB (around 50 x times).

“The recent drop in the market following the increasing spread of coronavirus has turned investors jittery and therefore few investors may wait for the stock to list on bourses and then buy for long term rather than placing their bids in the IPO,” Garg said.

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