16,600 crore IPO of Paytm will come by October

NEW DELHI: Digital payments and financial services firm Paytm wants to hit the market with its Rs 16,600 crore IPO at the earliest and very likely by October, sources said on Monday.

The company had filed draft papers for its initial share sale with the market regulator SEBI on July 15. It expects a response from the capital market watchdog by mid-September, after which it plans to proceed with listing as early as possible.

SEBI will reply on documents in two months

A source with knowledge of the matter said, “It is expected that SEBI will reply on the documents in two months.” Once the documents are received, Paytm will apply for the IPO. The source said that this process is subject to regulatory approvals. If it goes according to the deadline, then the IPO will come by October. E-mails sent to Paytm in this regard did not elicit any response.

In Paytm’s IPO, 75 percent is reserved for Qualified Institutional Buyers (QIBs). In this, up to 60 percent can be kept safe for anchor investors. 15% of the net offer can be allocated to non-institutional investors. 10% can be reserved for retail investors.

Where will Paytm spend the capital from the IPO?

The proposed draft, filed by One97 Communications, put the value of Paytm at $16 billion. 4,300 crore out of the proceeds from the IPO, this company will try to strengthen the ecosystem through acquisition of consumer and merchants. Apart from this, the company will spend Rs 2,000 crore on other business initiatives and acquisitions.

Major changes in the board before the IPO

Let us tell you that in order to avoid any problem in the IPO, the company had made a major reshuffle in its management last week. The company has appointed Americans and Indians by replacing all Chinese citizens on the board. There is no change in the existing share holdings. According to regulatory documents, Alipay representative Jing Jiandong, Ant Financial’s Guoming Cheng, and Alibaba representatives Michael Yuen Zhen Yao (US citizen) and Ting Hong Kenny Ho are no longer directors of the company.

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