Happiest Minds IPO subscribed eight times on Day 2

Happiest Minds IPO subscribed eight times on Day 2
Ashok Soota, founder and executive chairman at Happiest Minds  |  Photo Credit: Happiest Minds
8 Sep, 2020

The initial public offering (IPO) of information technology (IT) services firm Happiest Minds Technologies, set to raise about Rs 700 crore, was subscribed 8.1 times (or 705%) on day two, according to stock exchange data.

The public issue received 18,73,15,290 bids against an IPO size of over 2,32,59,550 shares, as per NSE data as of 5 PM market close on Tuesday.

The portion for retail investors was oversubscribed 13.8 times (or 1275%).

While the portion for non institutional investors was also oversubscribed by 1.4 times (or 36%), that for qualified institutional buyers saw only 46% subscription.

The 2011-founded IT firm received the SEBI nod for a public listing last month. The Ashok Soota-led firm was scheduled to open its IPO for retail investors from September 7 to 9. 

According to its red herring prospectus, the Bengaluru-based company will not receive any proceeds from the offer for sale. The company reported total revenue of Rs 714 crore in sales for the financial year ended March 31, 2020, up 18.6% from a year earlier. Its profit grew five times to Rs 71 crore for the same period.

On Friday, it raised Rs 315.9 crore from a consortium of 25 anchor investors that included the government of Singapore, Goldman Sachs India Fund, Kuwait Investment Auth Fund, Nomura Funds Ireland and SBI Life Insurance.

The anchors scooped up a total of 1,90,30,541 shares at Rs 166 per share, which included a premium of Rs 164 per share, the company said in a separate stock exchange filing.

Happiest Minds works with enterprise customers to enable digital transformation services using data analytics, artificial intelligence, cognitive computing, internet of things, cloud, security, blockchain and automation.

It primarily serves US customers in sectors such as retail, edtech, industrial, financial services, hi-tech, engineering research and development, manufacturing, travel, media and entertainment.

For the period between financial years 2017-18 and 2019-20, Happiest Minds generated most of its sales from the US market. The country made up 73.5% of its revenue in FY18, 75.5% in FY19 and 77.5% in FY20. The figures are higher than those of mainstream IT firms in the US market, which range between 45% and 60%.

The NIFTY IT index, which tracks all IT firm stocks listed on the NSE, on Tuesday closed at 18,395.75 levels, a high of 1.20%.