Archean Chemical Industries Ltd IPO gets 45% anchor allocated

Archean Chemical IPO anchor Allotment
Archean Chemical IPO anchor Allotment

IPOs
by 5paisa Research Team Last Updated: 2022-12-09T13:07:16+05:30

The anchor issue of Archean Chemical Industries Ltd saw a robust response on 07th November 2022 with 45% of the IPO size getting absorbed by the anchors. Out of the 3,59,28,870 shares on offer, the anchors picked up 1,61,67,991 shares accounting for 45% of the total IPO size. The anchor placement reporting was made to the BSE late on Monday. Archean Chemical Industries IPO opens on 09th November 2022 in the price band of Rs.386 to Rs.407 and will close for subscription on 11th November 2022 (both days inclusive). The entire anchor allocation was made at the upper price band of Rs407. Let us focus on the anchor allotment portion ahead of the Archean Chemical Industries Ltd IPO.


Before we go into the details of the actual anchor allotment, a quick word on the process of anchor placement. The anchor placement ahead of an IPO/FPO is different from a pre-IPO placement in that the anchor allocation has a lock-in period of just one month, although under the new rules, part of the anchor portion will be locked in for 3 months. It is just to give confidence to investors that the issue is backed by large established institutions. 


However, the anchor investors cannot be allotted shares at a discount to the IPO price. This is explicitly stated in the SEBI revised regulations as under, “As per the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirement) Regulations, 2018, as amended, in case the Offer Price discovered through book building process is higher than the Anchor Investor Allocation Price, then the Anchor investors will be required to pay the difference by the pay-in as specified in the revised CAN.


An anchor investor in an IPO is normally a qualified institutional buyer (QIB) like a foreign portfolio investor or mutual fund or insurance company or a sovereign fund which invests before the IPO is made available to the public as per SEBI regulations. Anchor portion is part of the public issue, so the IPO portion to the public (QIB portion) is reduced to that extent. As initial investors, these anchors make the IPO process more attractive for investors, and instil confidence in them. Anchor investors also largely aid in price discovery of the IPO


Anchor placement story of Archean Chemical Industries Ltd


On 07th November  2022, Archean Chemical Industries Ltd completed the bidding for its anchor allocation. There was an enthusiastic response as the anchor investors participated through the process of book building. A total of 1,61,67,991 shares were allotted to a total of 42 anchor investors. The allocation was done at the upper IPO price band of Rs.407 which resulted in an overall allocation of Rs.658.04 crore. The anchors have already absorbed 45% of the total issue size of Rs1,462.31 crore, which is indicative of the robust institutional demand. 


Listed below are the 12 anchor investors who got allotted at least 2% of the total anchor allocation individually. The entire anchor allocation of Rs.658.04 crore was spread across these 42 major anchor investors. These top 12 anchor investors listed below accounted for 65.96% of the total anchor allocation of Archean Chemical Industries Ltd.

Anchor Investor

No. of Shares

% of Anchor Portion

Value Allocated

SBI Large and Mid-Cap Fund

24,32,448

15.04%

Rs.99.00 crore

Nippon India Small Cap Fund

11,05,632

6.84%

Rs.45.00 crore

ICICI Prudential Smallcap Fund

11,05,632

6.84%

Rs.45.00 crore

HDFC Multi Cap Fund

11,05,632

6.84%

Rs.45.00 crore

Goldman Sachs India Portfolio

11,05,632

6.84%

Rs.45.00 crore

Ashoka India Opportunities Fund

737,100

4.56%

Rs.30.00 crore

DSP Small Cap Fund

737,100

4.56%

Rs.30.00 crore

SBI Conservative Hybrid Fund

614,268

3.80%

Rs.25.00 crore

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

614,268

3.80%

Rs.25.00 crore

IIFL Asset Management Company

368,604

2.28%

Rs.15.00 crore

Kotak India Midcap Fund

368,604

2.28%

Rs.15.00 crore

Government Pension Fund - Norway

368,604

2.28%

Rs.15.00 crore

Data Source: BSE Filings


While the GMP has remained stable at around Rs60, it shows an attractive but relatively subdued premium of 14-15% on listing. This has led to reasonable anchor response with the anchors taking in 45% of the total issue size. The QIB portion in the IPO will be reduced to the extent of the anchor placement done above. Only the balance amount will be available for QIB allocation as part of the regular IPO.

Also Read: Archean Chemical IPO GMP (Grey Market Premium)


The general norm is that, in anchor placements, smaller issues find it hard to get FPIs interested while larger issues do not interest mutual funds. Archean Chemical Industries Ltd has been a mix, getting good response from FPIs but extremely strong response from the domestic mutual funds. The number and spread of the Foreign Portfolio Investors has been fairly healthy in this case. With strong SIP flows, most equity funds are flush with cash at this point of time and that has helped the MF appetite for anchor allocation in this IPO of Archean Chemical Industries Ltd.


Out of the total 1,61,67,991 shares allotted by way of anchor placement, Archean Chemical Industries Ltd allotted a total of 98,28,072 shares to 21 domestic mutual fund schemes across 10 AMCs. The mutual fund allocation represents 60.79% of the overall anchor allocation.


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