Oct 28, 2015
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SH Kelkar, India's largest fragrance maker, to go public on Oct. 28

Oct 28, 2015

SH Kelkar & Co, India’s largest fragrance and flavor manufacturer, is expected to go public on October 28. The issue price of the IPO has been set in the range of INR 173-180 (USD 2.66-2.77) per share.

SH Kelkar

Through the IPO, the sellers of the Mumbai-based company – among them, private equity firm Blackstone Capital - are expected to mobilize a total INR 5.08 billion (USD 78.1 million). According to management, the net proceeds from the issue will be used primarily to retire debt.

Post-IPO, the company will be listed on the NBE and NSE, both Mumbai-based.

With more than 4,000 customers, SH Kelkar has a 12.5% market in the fragrance and flavor industry in India, and 20% in the fragrance industry alone, according to a study from Nielsen. For the 2015 fiscal year, the company generated sales of INR 8.37 billion (USD 128.7 million) and net profit of INR 644 million (USD 9.9 million).

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