Waaree Energies Gets SEBI Nod For Rs.1500 Cr IPO

Highlights :

  • The much awaited IPO should sail through, considering the high interest and strong performance of the few Renewable linked stocks in India.
  • For Waaree, the listing will provide a huge advantage for future growth, and possible acquisitions in the Indian market.

Waaree Energies Ltd, one of the country’s largest solar module manufacturers has received approval from markets regulator SEBI to launch its initial public offering (IPO).

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In September, the company had filed draft papers with SEBI. The IPO comprises fresh issue of shares worth Rs 1350 crore, and an offer for sale up to 4,007,500 equity shares by the company’s promoters and existing shareholders.

The offer for sale (OFS) consist of sale of up to 1,315,000 equity shares by Dr. 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 Private Limited; 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.

Hitesh Doshi, Waaree Energies

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 Photo-voltaic (PV) module manufacturing, with an aggregate installed capacity of 2 GW as of March 2021. It currently operates three manufacturing facilities comprising four factories in India at Surat, Tumb and Nandigram.

Led by Chairman, Managing Director and Promoter, Hitesh Chimanlal Doshi who has over 21 years of experience in the engineering industry. 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 3 GW PV module manufacturing capacity is expected to be operational by the end of fiscal 2022, and the 4 GW solar cell manufacturing capacity is expected by the end of fiscal 2023. Those completions will comfortably make Waaree the largest manufacturer in India through 2022.

Among the PV module industry, the Mumbai based company competes with Vikram Solar Limited, Mundra Solar Private Limited (Adani), Premier Energies Limited, RenewSys India Private Limited, Emmvee Photovoltaic Power Private Limited, Alpex Solar Private Limited and others.

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 client, it serves Central 40 and Novel Energy.

The company reported revenue from operations of Rs 1,952.78 crore for the fiscal year 2020-21, while its net profit stood at Rs 48.19 crore.

A successful IPO will make Waaree one of the few pure play equipment manufacturers to be listed after Borosil Renewables. An IPo therefore will provide not just more visibility to Waaree, but to the market when it comes to the impact of government policies in the sector. And the first big one will come around soon enough, in the form of the BCD policy that is due to kick in from April this year.

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