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Thursday, February 04, 2010

ARSS Infra IPO to open on Feb 8, price band at Rs 410-450

Orissa based infrastructure company, ARSS Infrastructure Projects plans an initial public offering (IPO) of Rs 103 crore. The company has the fixed price band at Rs 410-450 per share.

The issue will open for subscription between February 8 and 11, 2010, reports CNBC-TV18 quoting NW18.

The company is engaged in the business of construction activities in India. It undertakes construction of railway infrastructure, roads, highways, bridges and irrigation projects.

The proceeds of the issue are intended to be deployed for investment in joint ventures (at a cost of Rs 5 crore) and funding long term working capital requirement (cost of Rs 86 crore). The rest of amount will be used for issue expenses and general corporate purpose.

President and Chief Executive Officer Sunil Agarwal said, "The proceeds would be used for working capital, both for the company's existing and new projects. A part of the proceeds would be used for entering into new joint ventures to undertake new projects".

The company's order book position was at Rs 28.77 billion as on January 10, 2010 and it had 145 projects in hand as on that date.

Its clients' list includes Ministry of Railways, State Government of Orissa, Rail Vikas Nigam Limited, RITES Limited, IRCON International Limited, National Thermal Power Corporation, Hindustan Steel Corporation Limited, PWD – Orissa, IOCL and the National Highway Authority of India. The company has presence in Eastern India, particularly in the state of Orissa.

CARE has assigned Grade 2/5 to the IPO, indicating less than average fundamentals.

For the year ended March 31, 2009, it has reported profit after tax of Rs 51.19 crore on total income of Rs 628.23 crore. As of June 2009, it has debt of nearly Rs 240 crore.

The book running lead managers to the issue are IDBI Capital Market Services Ltd and SBI Capital Markets Ltd. Bigshare Services Private Ltd is the registrar.

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