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The Rs 2,150 crore initial public offer (IPO) of the Indian Renewable and Energy Development Agency (IREDA) subscribed 38.8 times on the third and the last day of the bidding process on Thursday.

The quota reserved for retail individual investors (RIIs) was subscribed 7.7 times, qualified institutional buyers 104 times, and NII 24 times.

IREDA shares are commanding a premium of Rs 10 in the unlisted market as against an offer price of Rs 31.

Most analysts recommend subscribing to the initial public offering of Miniratna company IREDA, given that it’s the largest pure-play in green energy financing and also gives an opportunity to bet on the country’s renewable energy goals.

The IPO consists of a fresh issue of shares worth Rs 1,290 crore and an offer for the sale of shares worth Rs 860 crore by the government.

IREDA is India’s largest pure-play green energy financing NBFC and plays a strategic role in the development of renewable energy with a comprehensive suite of financial products and other value chain activities, such as equipment manufacturing and transmission.

The company has a track record of strong loan growth, geared towards high-quality assets which reflects in the improving asset quality, says Nirmal Bang Securities.

Further, IREDA intends to leverage its industry expertise to enhance its presence in new and emerging green technologies.

“Diversification and expansion in emerging green technologies like green hydrogen, pumped hydro storage power plants, battery storage value chain and green energy corridor provides scope for longer-term sustainability of high growth of its loan book,” the brokerage said.

Reliance Securities believes that IREDA is well placed to capitalize on the rapid growth in the renewable energy sector, and has, therefore, recommended subscribing to the IPO.

Based on annualized FY24 earnings and fully diluted post-IPO paid-up capital, the company is asking for a price-to-book (P/B) multiple of 1.02 times, which seems to be fully priced compared to its peers, said Rajan Shinde, research analyst, Mehta Equities.

Given the government’s ambitious plans on renewable energy transition and IREDA being a front runner in renewable energy financing, Shinde recommends investors to subscribe for listing gains as well as for long-term returns.

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(Disclaimer: Recommendations, suggestions, views and opinions given by the experts are their own. These do not represent the views of Economic Times)

  • Published On Nov 23, 2023 at 07:00 PM IST

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