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Waaree Energies gets Sebi nod to launch Rs 1,500 cr IPO

Tuesday, 11 Jan 2022
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Waaree Energies, the country's largest solar module manufacturer & the fastest growing EPC company with presence across 68 countries has received approval from markets regulator Sebi to launch its initial public offering (IPO). 
In September 2021, the company had filed draft papers with Sebi. The IPO comprises fresh issue of shares worth Rs 1,350 crore, and an offer for sale up to 4,007,500 equity shares by the company's promoters and the existing shareholders. 
The offer for sale (OFS) consists of sale of up to 1,315,000 equity shares by Hitesh Chimanlal Doshi, up to 1,315,000 equity shares by Virenkumar Chimanlal Doshi and up to 1,315,000 equity shares by Mahavir Thermoequip; up to 40,000 shares by Samir Surendra Shah; and up to 22,500 shares by Nilesh Gandhi. 
Additionally, the company, in consultation with the lead bankers to the issue may consider a further issue of equity shares including a preferential issue aggregating up to Rs 270 crore. If such placement is completed, the fresh issue size will be reduced. 
The proceeds of the issue will be used to the extent of Rs 910.31 crore for the solar cell manufacturing unit and Rs 141.24 crore will be used for solar module facility. The remaining proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes. 
Waaree Energies is one of the major players in the solar energy industry in India, focused on photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturing, with an aggregate installed capacity of two GW as of March 2021. It currently operates three manufacturing facilities comprising four factories in India at Surat, Tumb and Nandigram. 
The company is also in the process of setting up another manufacturing facility at Chikhli, Gujarat, where it is implementing its capacity expansion plans for PV modules as well as setting up of facilities for backward integration into solar cell manufacturing. 
The proposed addition of three GW PV module manufacturing capacity is expected to be operational by the end of FY22, and the four GW solar cell manufacturing capacity is expected by the end of FY23. 
Among the PV module industry, the Mumbai-based company competes with Vikram Solar, Mundra Solar (Adani), Premier Energies, RenewSys India, Emmvee Photovoltaic Power and Alpex Solar.   
The company’s key clients in the domestic utility and enterprise segment include ReNew Power, ACME, Hero Solar, Mahindra Susten, Essel Infra, AMP Energy, Sukhbir Agro Energy, Solarworld Energy, Rays Power Infra. Among international clients, it serves Central 40 and Novel Energy. 
The company reported revenue from operations of Rs 1,952.78 crore for FY21, while its net profit stood at Rs 48.19 crore.
Axis Capital, HSBC Securities and Capital Markets (India), ICICI Securities and Intensive Fiscal Services are the book running lead managers to the issue.
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