Ant Group-backed Paytm raises IPO size to $2.44 bn

Indian digital payments leader Paytm has boosted the size of its initial public offering to 183 billion rupees ($2.44 billion) from 166 billion rupees, as existing shareholders look to sell more stake ahead of the country’s largest stock market listing.
Paytm digital payment IndiaPaytm was likely to target a price band of 2,080-2,150 rupees per share for the IPO for a likely valuation of around $20 billion, Reuters reported.

The company increased the size of its IPO as it received increased investor demand, said the source, who did not wanted to be named as the information was not public.

Paytm’s offering will open on Nov. 8 and will see top investor Ant Financial sell shares worth 47.04 billion rupees, or nearly half the offer for sale component. Ant currently holds 183.3 million shares, or a 27.9 percent stake, in Paytm.

While Paytm did not increase the size of its fresh issue component, which still stands at 83 billion rupees, it expanded the offer for sale part to 100 billion rupees from 83 billion rupees earlier.