The Initial Public Offering (IPO) of Lalpir Power Limited has been oversubscribed by six times as the offer drew substantial interest from investors and total bids for around 170 million shares were received during the book-building portion against an offering of 28.488 million Ordinary shares.
The strike price determined via Dutch Auction Method was Rs 22 per share against a set floor price of Rs 15 per share.
“Nishat Group appreciates and acknowledges the strong support by investors within Pakistan and foreign funds abroad who participated in the book building process of Lalpir Power Ltd IPO,” said Ali Munir, Group Head Strategic Planning and Investment of the MCB Bank.
“Oversubscription of Lalpir Power indicates tremendous investor confidence in Nishat Group which has a solid track record of paying regular dividends to shareholders of each of its companies and in its ability to meet stakeholder expectations,” he added. Najam Ali, CEO Next Capital said Nishat Group had been a pioneer in power generation in the private sector of the country and with the generous support and visibility of investors, it was expected that the company would strengthen its books and earnings and would reflect a positive gain for other companies under the umbrella of Nishat Group. Lalpir’s principal activity is to own, operate and maintain oil fired power station, with a gross generation capacity of 362 MW and net generation capacity of 350 MW.
The company was established in 1994 as an Independent Power Producer (IPP) and commenced its operations in November 1997. The plant is located in Mehmood Kot, Muzaffargarh, Punjab.
Next Capital Limited and AKD Securities Limited (“Financial Advisors & Arrangers”) have been retained to provide financial advisory and arrangement services to Lalpir Power Limited for the proposed listing of LPL at the Karachi and Lahore Stock Exchange.