L&T; planning private equity fund after IPO

July 25th, 2011 - 7:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, July 25 (IANS) Engineering and construction group Larsen and Toubro (L&T;) is working on launching a private equity fund to finance infrastructure projects.

“We are working at it. But it may take some time. Our current target is to complete the IPO (initial public offering) of L&T; Finance Holdings Ltd,” president and director (whole time) of L&T; Finance Holdings N. Sivaram told IANS here Monday on the sidelines of an event.

L&T; is planning to launch the private equity fund as a part of a strategy to become a financial supermarket.

Meanwhile for the first time in L&T;’s history, one of its business is hitting the market with an IPO.

L&T; Finance Holdings - the holding company for L&T; Finance, L&T; Infrastructure Finance, L&T; Investment and Management and India Infrastructure Developers - is raising up to Rs.1,245 crore to repay inter-corporate deposits raised from parent L&T; and augmenting the capital of subsidiaries.

Sivaraman said the price band is fixed between Rs.51 and Rs.59 per equity share of Rs.10 each.

He said currently L&T; holds 95.94 percent stake and Capital International Funds 4.06 percent.

“Post issue, the promoter’s (L&T;) dilution will be around 17 percent,” he said.

The issue opens on July 27 and closes on July 29.

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