The government on Friday reported a healthy response to Hudco's initial public offering (IPO) which was oversubscribed by more than 79 times.
According to the Ministry of Finance, bids worth Rs 97,000 crore were received for an issue size of Rs 1,200 crore.
"This is the highest level of oversubscription witnessed in a divestment by government of India through IPO route. The Hudco IPO is the first IPO by a central public sector enterprise (CPSE) under disinvestment since April 2012," the ministry said in a statement.
"The qualified institutional buyers (QIB) category was subscribed more than 55 times with about 38 per cent demand from foreign institutional investors (FIIs). Non-institutional category was subscribed more than 330 times. The retail category also saw a strong demand of more than 10 times."
The CPSE's IPO from May 8-11 was priced in a band of Rs 56-60 per equity share of the face value of Rs 10, with a discount of Rs 2 for retail investors and the employees of the company.
"A total of 20.4 crore shares were offered by government of India including employee reservation of 38.7 lakh shares and 50 per cent of the net offer being reserved for QIBs," the statement added.