IndiGo IPO fails to find enough retail investors, employees

The IPO of InterGlobe Aviation – the parent of India’s largest airline company IndiGo – was subscribed 6.1 times on the final day of bidding even though retail investors and employees shunned the hyped IPO. According to the combined data available from BSE and NSE as on 5 PM, IndiGo IPO received bids for 184.39 million shares on the final day of subscription. After allotting 10.88 million shares to anchor investors a day before the IPO, InterGlobe Aviation was selling 30.1 million shares through the public offer. Singapore government-owned GIC, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb, HDFC AMC, Sundaram Mutual Fund, DSP Blackrock Mutual Fund and Fidelity Investments were among the anchor investors.

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Beyond the massive subscription of the massive IPO is the reality of steep IPO pricing and the company’s failure to take retail investors and employees into confidence. High net worth investors placed bids for 20.78 million shares, causing in subscription of 3.57 times. QIBs placed bids for 151.7 million shares, resulting in subscription of 17.8 times but retail investors continued to give the IPO a miss with just bids received for only 11.6 million shares against 13.58 million shares. It was not only retail investors who stayed away from the IPO as subscription was a paltry 12% of the 2.2 million shares meant for employees. The subscription figure would have gone down further if the company had not reduced the employee category by a million shares at the last moment.

InterGlobe Aviation IPO Bidding (as on 29 October 2015)
S. No.CategoryShares offeredShares bid forSubscription No. of times
1Qualified Institutional Buyers (QIBs)8,522,935151,707,57017.80
2Non Institutional Investors5,819,74620,782,6503.57
3Retail Individual Investors (RIIs)13,579,40711,624,7000.86


It is not difficult to see why some investor classes decided to stay away. The IPO generally received positive recommendations from analysts, but many brokerage houses highlighted rich valuations for the company which paid excessive dividends to promoters ahead of the public issue. This was a cause big enough for IPO Central to warrant a red flag on the celebrated IPO. The INR10.03 billion interim dividend payment left the company’s net worth in negative territory. Like most other IPOs this year, InterGlobe Aviation IPO also fell victim to the ill-advised policy of leaving nothing on the table for small investors.

Anurag Gupta

With a profound experience in the finance field, Anurag also has years of experience in writing about different domains including finance and technology. He used to write for different content portals along with his association with IPO Central as a frequent contributor. His financial analyst’s background supports his writing and help him to get aware about different news’ of finance world.

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