Samvardhana Motherson Finance (SMFL) IPO Withdrawn - Why?

Samvardhana Motherson Finance (SMFL) IPO has been withdrawn from markets by it's management. This was the second-largest IPO withdrawal in Indian capital market history. Why?

The management of SMFL withdrew its Rs.1,665 crore IPO issue on Friday as investors turned back to it's expensively priced initial public offering and foreign funds panicked when Indian government announced that it was renegotiating the double taxation avoidance agreement (DTAA) with Mauritius government. SMFL has anchor investors and promoters based out of this foreign location.

This IPO was opened on May 2, and was subscribed just 0.38 times till 7 pm on the closing day of issue according to the NSE website. Such was the bad response to IPO by investors due to exorbitantly priced initial public offering.

SMFL is an auto part company being parent company of listed auto components manufacturer Motherson Sumi. Promoters Vivek Chaand Sehgal and his family owns 90.35% stake in company and the company was planning to raise around Rs 1,665 crore in the price band of Rs 113 to Rs 118 per share.

Various news agencies are stating that company received poor response to it's IPO due to weaker market conditions but they are ignoring the fact that company had priced this issue with exorbitantly high valuations and was dreaming to be a debt free company on people's money with no value/returns for small retail investors. Company had left nothing on table for small IPO investors and so retail investors were not keen on investing in IPO.

IPO Recommendation to readers of about SMFL IPO was very clear - "Small investors need not buy IPO of SMFL. Better stay away."

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