Equitas Small Finance Bank may launch IPO on October 20


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Equitas Small Finance Bank may launch IPO on October 20

The initial public offer (IPO) of Equitas Small Finance Bank (ESFB) is expected to be launched on October 20, 2020. The issue was earlier scheduled for subscription by the end of March 2020. However, the offer was put on hold due to the spread of COVID-19 disease.

Equitas Small Finance Bank (ESFB) had earlier filed the draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) on December 16, 2019.

The fresh issue of equity shares for its proposed IPO was revised recently downward to Rs 280 crore from Rs 550 crore planned earlier. The IPO consists of a fresh issue of 8 crore equity shares and an offer for sale of 7.2 crore equity shares.

“The size of the fresh issue has been reduced from up to Rs 5,500 million (Rs 550 crore) to up to Rs 2,800 million (Rs 280 crore) and the number of equity shares offered through the offer for sale by the company (EHL) has been reduced from up to 80,000,000 equity shares to up to 72,000,000 equity shares,” EHL said in a regulatory filing.

Reportedly, merchant bankers might have fixed the price band at Rs 34-35 per share and the closing date for the issue could be October 22, 2020. The total issue size could be Rs 532 crore, as per the price band.

JM Financial, Edelweiss Financial Services and IIFL Securities have been appointed as book-running lead managers to the ESFB IPO.

As per the additional information to its DRHP filed with the market regulator, promoter Equitas Holdings held 95.49 per cent stake in Equitas Small Finance Bank. The offer includes a reservation of up to Rs 1 crore worth of shares for eligible employees of Equitas Small Finance Bank and Rs 51 crore

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Finance of America news for Tuesday includes an initial public offering (IPO) through special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Replay Acquisition (NYSE:RPLA).

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Here’s what potential investors need to know about the SPAC news.

  • Finance of America will become a publicly-traded company by merging with Replay Acquisition.
  • This plan values the lending company at $1.9 billion.
  • The transaction already has $250 million in confirmed support from investors via a private investment in public equity (PIPE) of $10 per share.
  • Cash proceeds for the new company include that PIPE funding and $288 million of cash in trust belonging to Replay Acquisition.
  • This should allow the company to begin public operations with a minimum of $250 million in cash and cash equivalents.
  • One thing worth noting about this SPAC news is the support from Blackstone Tactical Opportunities.
  • This is a subsidiary of Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX).
  • The Blackstone subsidiary, Replay Acquisition’s public shareholders and management, and entities managed by Finance of America’s founder, will control 70% of the combined company.
  • Another thing to note is that more than “half of the sponsor’s founder shares of Replay Acquisition will be deferred and subject to share price hurdles.”
  • The deal has the unanimous support of both companies’ Boards of Directors.
  • It still needs to complete customary closing conditions.
  • That includes getting approval from RPLA shareholders and regulators.
  • So long as there are no issues, the deal is set to close in the first half of 2021.

There’s been an increase in SPAC IPOs in the news of late as more companies embrace the method of going public. While there were 59 SPAC IPOs in 2019, 2020 has already seen 138 take place.

RPLA stock was down almost 1% as of Tuesday



a close up of a clock: "Going Public" is displayed in white text on a digital ticker tape.


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“Going Public” is displayed in white text on a digital ticker tape.

Finance of America news for Tuesday includes an initial public offering (IPO) through special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Replay Acquisition (NYSE:RPLA).



a clock on the top of a green screen: "Going Public" is displayed in white text on a digital ticker tape.


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“Going Public” is displayed in white text on a digital ticker tape.

Here’s what potential investors need to know about the SPAC news.

  • Finance of America will become a publicly-traded company by merging with Replay Acquisition.
  • This plan values the lending company at $1.9 billion.
  • The transaction already has $250 million in confirmed support from investors via a private investment in public equity (PIPE) of $10 per share.
  • Cash proceeds for the new company include that PIPE funding and $288 million of cash in trust belonging to Replay Acquisition.
  • This should allow the company to begin public operations with a minimum of $250 million in cash and cash equivalents.
  • One thing worth noting about this SPAC news is the support from Blackstone Tactical Opportunities.
  • This is a subsidiary of Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX).
  • The Blackstone subsidiary, Replay Acquisition’s public shareholders and management, and entities managed by Finance of America’s founder, will control 70% of the combined company.
  • Another thing to note is that more than “half of the sponsor’s founder shares of Replay Acquisition will be deferred and subject to share price hurdles.”
  • The deal has the unanimous support of both companies’ Boards of Directors.
  • It still needs to complete customary closing conditions.
  • That includes getting approval from RPLA shareholders and regulators.
  • So long as there are no issues, the deal is set to close in the first half of 2021.

There’s been an increase in SPAC IPOs in the news of late as more companies embrace the method of going public. While there were 59 SPAC

Consumer-lending platform and

Blackstone Group Inc.

portfolio company Finance of America Equity Capital LLC is set to go public with a valuation of $1.9 billion through a blank-check merger, this year’s hottest way to list shares, according to people familiar with the matter.

Finance of America is set to merge with the special-purpose acquisition company, or SPAC,

Replay Acquisition Corp.

, the people said. In conjunction with the merger, institutional investors will also make a private investment of $250 million in the company. In all, the deal will leave the consumer lender’s founder and funds managed by Blackstone with a 70% ownership stake.

SPACs are all the rage in 2020, quickly having become a favored way for companies to go public in a year when initial public offerings are hotter than ever. Their popularity is a sign that there is more demand for newly listed companies than there are companies going public. So far this year, companies have raised more than $109 billion going public in the U.S., surpassing every other full year on record, according to Dealogic, whose data go back to 1995. SPACs have accounted for almost half of that total.

The sole purpose of SPACs, which are also known as blank-check companies, is to raise money to acquire a private target and take it public. Founders of these shell companies pitch their names or expertise in certain industries; once they have raised a certain amount of money they have a specific amount of time, typically two years, to identify a target. Announced deals are subject to shareholder approval. Finance of America’s services include traditional mortgages, reverse mortgages, commercial-real-estate loans and fixed-income investing. It has grown via a series of acquisitions and over the past roughly five years as a portfolio company of Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities business, which

By Anna Banacka and Anna Koper

WARSAW/GDANSK, Poland (Reuters) – Shares in Polish e-commerce group Allegro leapt more than 50% on their trading debut on Monday, giving the company a market value of about $17.6 billion in Europe’s biggest IPO so far this year.

Allegro’s strong start mirrored the performance of some recent U.S. IPOs that have shot up on their first days of trading, demonstrating investors’ willingness to pay for growth.

Allegro, founded more than 20 years ago as a home-grown rival to eBay, is central Europe’s most recognised e-commerce brand, with its website attracting 20 million visitors a month.

At 1126 GMT, its shares were trading at 68.1 zlotys, up 58.4% from their IPO price of 43 zlotys, which was itself at the upper end of the guidance range.

“When pricing deals like Allegro, it is more important to build momentum than to maximize price on day one,” said Christoph Stanger, who co-heads Goldman Sachs’ European equity capital markets business, which helped organise the IPO.

Private equity owners Cinven, Permira and Mid Europa will want to benefit from that momentum in follow-on placements, after only 25% of the Polish company was floated in the IPO, Stanger said.

Europe’s IPO market is showing some signs of picking up, with Britain’s The Hut Group last month making the biggest debut on the London Stock Exchange in seven years.

However, investor appetite seems to be reserved for tech and growth companies – sectors that corporate Europe is light on compared to the United States, where a number of blockbuster tech IPOs have priced this year.

Allegro operates in one of few business areas to benefit during the coronavirus pandemic, as shoppers switch to buying online.

“The recent pandemic highlighted the value of e-commerce for a consumer, and accelerated e-commerce penetration,” said