Paytm IPO: Offer size increased to Rs 18,300 crore as Chinese investor plans to sell more stake


New Delhi: Indian digital payments leader Paytm has boosted the size of its initial public offering to 183 billion rupees ($2.44 billion) from 166 billion rupees, as existing shareholders look to sell more stake ahead of the country`s largest stock market listing.

Paytm was likely to target a price band of 2,080-2,150 rupees per share for the IPO for a likely valuation of around $20 billion, a source directly aware of the matter told Reuters.

The company increased the size of its IPO as it received increased investor demand, said the source, who did not want to be named as the information was not public.
Paytm did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Several companies including Paytm have jumped into India’s capital markets as investors ride a wave of liquidity that has taken domestic markets to record highs. Food delivery firm Zomato, which also counts China`s Ant Group as a shareholder, is up 77% since its listing in July.

Paytm’s offering will open on Nov. 8 and will see top investor Ant Financial sell shares worth 47.04 billion rupees, or nearly half the offer for sale component. Ant currently holds 183.3 million shares, or a 27.9% stake, in Paytm.

While Paytm did not increase the size of its fresh issue component, which still stands at 83 billion rupees, it expanded the offer for sale part to 100 billion rupees from 83 billion rupees earlier. Also Read: Maruti Suzuki reveals electric vehicle plans, check by when automaker plans to launch electric car

The IPO is likely to be the biggest in India`s corporate history, breaking a record held by Coal India, which raised 150 billion rupees more than a decade ago. Also Read: Now, read deleted WhatsApp messages: Check steps to catch sender off guard

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