* Bank to pick at least four advisors for IPO within a week
* IPO will be first Indian bank listing in four years
(Adds names of private equity investors, bank details, share
By Sumeet Chatterjee and Devidutta Tripathy
MUMBAI, June 17 India's Ratnakar Bank Ltd
plans to launch an initial public offering of shares
worth up to $250 million in the first quarter of 2015, sources
involved in the process said, in what will be the first Indian
bank listing in four years.
The offer will include an issue of new shares as well as
some of the shares owned by the bank's private equity investors,
said three sources. All the sources declined to be named as the
details of the IPO are not public yet.
The bank's shareholders include International Finance Corp,
an arm of the World Bank, CDC Group of Britain, Norwest Venture,
Beacon Private Equity, Samara Capital, IDFC Private Equity and
Aditya Birla Private Equity, according to the bank's website.
The bank has expanded its business into India's poor rural
areas, a tough market long neglected by the country's financial
Ratnakar, with roots in parts of Maharashtra, makes about
one third of its loans to farmers, small businesses and
low-income consumers - a target base that normally operates
outside India's banking system.
The lender will within a week hire at least four banks to
manage the public offering, two of the sources said. At least 10
banks are in the race to win the mandate for the IPO process,
Ratnakar Bank last year said it was considering an IPO and
Rajeev Ahuja, head of strategy at the bank said on Tuesday the
launch would depend on market conditions, adding that Ratnakar
was "well capitalised" for the next 12-15 months.
On how much Ratnakar is looking to raise from the listing,
Ahuja said the equity dilution would depend on the growth
capital needs of the bank. He said nothing had been finalised.
Ratnakar Bank's share offering will be the first Indian bank
listing on domestic bourses since state-owned Punjab & Sind Bank
raised $105 million through an IPO in 2010, according
to Thomson Reuters data.
The bank's IPO is expected to follow a raft of equity sales
by Indian companies in the coming months on the back of growing
demand for equities after a landslide election victory for new
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Economic downturn and sluggish corporate earnings growth in
Asia's third-largest economy have deterred equity deals in the
Prime Minister Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party last month won
India's first outright parliamentary majority in three decades,
spurring hopes of a revival in an economy that is witnessing its
longest spell of under-5-percent growth since the late 1980s.
(Editing by Anand Basu and Keiron Henderson)