The company has achieved successful closure of India’s largest ever rights issue of Rs 53,124.20 crore. It was subscribed approximately 1.59 times, cumulating to an overall commitment of over Rs 84,000 crore.
“The rights issue saw a huge investor interest, including from lakhs of small investors and thousands of institutional investors, both Indian and foreign. The public portion of the Rights issue was subscribed 1.22 times,” RIL said in a press release.
The allotment of equity shares will happen on or around June 10, 2020. The rights shares are expected to be listed on the BSE and NSE on or around June 12, 2020 under separate ISIN, it said.
Analysts at Edelweiss Securities expects RIL to monetise 20 per cent of Jio; this, along with partial proceeds from the rights issue and sale of fuel retail, not to mention free cash flow (FCF), would lead to cash proceeds of Rs 1.3 trillion, thereby putting the company on the path to zero net debt in FY21.
“RIL has successfully managed to position itself as a zero-debt tech company in an environment of the virtual economy taking precedence over real. This has the added advantage of taking attention away from a weaker near-term refining outlook. Positive triggers for the stock will continue to be partnerships that reaffirm or fortify this position: tech (Jio+JioMart) and zero debt (Aramco, fibre),” the brokerage firm said in company update.
“For the stock to move higher, we need to see positive news
flow on Jio’s delivering both subscriber additions and ARPU increases. Retail should continue to report strong growth, as RIL remains focused on store expansion, with scope for margin expansion,” analysts at JP Morgan said in recent report.
The proposed Aramco stake sale is very much on, and we do not see any large delays associated with the sale. Progress on the stake sale to Aramco is most important, in our view, as it is the centerpiece of RIL’s de-leveraging strategy, the brokerage firm said with ‘neutral’ rating on the stock.
At 11:19 am, RIL was trading 1.4 per cent higher at Rs 1,564 on the BSE, as compared to 0.2 per cent decline in the S&P BSE Sensex. A combined around 5.1 million equity shares have changed hands on the counter on the NSE and BSE so far.