Sri Lanka’s CSE approves RIL Property’s Rs960mn IPO

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Mar 10, 2017 (LBO) – RIL Property Limited (RIL), a developer, owner and operator of commercial office space in Colombo has received an in-principle approval from the Colombo Stock Exchange for a listing of its ordinary voting shares through an Initial Public Offering (IPO).

RIL intends to offer 120 million ordinary voting shares to the public at eight rupees per share to raise 960 million rupees. The funds raised through the IPO will be utilised to expand the business operations of RIL and its fully owned subsidiary, Foodbuzz (Pvt) Ltd, a franchisee of the BreadTalk Group based in Singapore.

The IPO will open on 04th April 2017. The minimum subscription per application is 100 shares.

Hiroshini Fernando, CEO of RIL, commented, “We see significant demand for commercial office space in Colombo and have responded to this demand through the development of PARKLAND, a Grade ‘A’ commercial office complex. We hope to create value for investors through our commercial office space development and management initiatives.”

Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC (COMB) and NDB Investment Bank (NDBIB) are acting as Lead Managers and Joint Managers to the Issue, respectively.

Sushara Vidyasagara, Chief Manager of the Investment Banking Unit of COMB, said, “We are pleased to be involved with the RIL IPO which in our view provides an investment opportunity in a company specialised in the development and management of commercial office space, at a reasonable valuation.”

“The RIL IPO is a rare opportunity for investors to participate in the growth story of the commercial office space segment given that direct investments in the sector require very high capital outlays,” Nilendra Weerasinghe, Head-Corporate Advisory of NDBIB, said.