Mumbai: Paras Defence and Space Technologies Limited (“Company”), one of the ‘Indigenously Designed Developed and Manufactured Company’ (“IDDM”) category private sector companies in India, is proposing to open its Initial Public Offering (IPO) of Equity Shares on September 21 and close on September 23. The price band for the Offer has been determined at Rs 165 – Rs 175 per equity share.
The company primarily engaged in designing, developing, manufacturing and testing of a wide range of defence and space engineering products and solutions.
The Offer comprises of a fresh issuance of Equity Shares aggregating up to Rs 1,406 million (“Fresh Issue”) and an offer for sale of up to 17,24,490 equity shares by Sharad Virji Shah, Munjal Sharad Shah (the “Promoter Selling Shareholders”) and Ami Munjal Shah, Shilpa Amit Mahajan and Amit Navin Mahajan (the “Individual Selling Shareholders”, and together with the Promoter Selling Shareholders, “Selling Shareholders”).
The Company intends to utilize the net proceeds from the Fresh Issue towards purchase of machinery and equipment, funding incremental working capital requirements, repayment or prepayment of all or certain borrowings and for general corporate purposes.
The Company and the Selling Shareholder have, in consultation with the book running lead manager to the Offer, considered participation by Anchor Investors in accordance with the SEBI ICDR Regulations, whose participation shall be one Working Day prior to the Bid and Offer Opening Date, i.e. September 20. The Offer is being made in terms of Rule 19(2)(b) of the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Rules, 1957, as amended, read with Regulation 31 of the SEBI ICDR Regulations. The Offer is being made through the Book Building Process, in compliance with Regulation 6(1) of the SEBI ICDR Regulations, wherein not more than 50% of the Offer shall be available for allocation to Qualified Institutional Buyers, not less than 15% of the Offer shall be available for allocation to Non-Institutional Investors and not less than 35% of the Offer shall be available for allocation to Retail Individual Investors.
As per the “Defence and Space Industry Report” prepared by Frost & Sullivan (“F&S Report”), the Company, is amongst India’s leading private sector Company catering to four major segments of Indian defence sector namely, defence optics, defence electronics, electro-magnetic pulse (“EMP”) protection solution, and heavy engineering for defence and niche technologies. The Company is the sole Indian supplier of critical imaging components such as large size optics and diffractive gratings for space applications in India.
The company manufactures high precision optics for defence and space applications such as thermal imaging and space imaging systems. As per the F&S Report, it is the only Indian company to have the design capability for space-optics and opto-mechanical assemblies.
The company has contributed towards some of the most prestigious defence programmes; and under its defence electronics operations it has managed to provide a wide array of high performance computing and electronic systems for defence applications, including sub systems for border defence, missiles, tanks and naval applications.
The company has undertaken and delivered customized turnkey projects in the defence segment, especially in the defence electronics and EMP protection segments. Currently, the Company operates through two manufacturing facilities in Maharashtra, located at Nerul (Navi Mumbai) and Ambernath (in Thane).
On domestic front, the company’s customer base ranges from government organizations involved in defence and space research to various defence public sector undertakings like Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Electronic Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL); and supply products and solutions to private entities including Tata Consultancy Services Limited, Solar Industries India Limited and Alpha Design Technologies Limited. The company has also catered to various foreign customers.
Anand Rathi Advisors Limited is the Book Running Lead Manager to the Offer (“BRLM”). All capitalized terms used herein and not specifically defined shall have the same meaning as ascribed to them in the red herring prospectus dated September 13 (“RHP”) filed with the Registrar of Companies, Maharashtra at Mumbai (“RoC”).