Bancolombia Rises Past Target of $1.2 Billion Equity Offering

Bancolombia SA, the Andean nation’s biggest lender, rose to a two-month high and traded at a premium to the price it is expecting in a stock offering of about $1.2 billion that ends this week.

The shares gained 2.1 percent to 23,840 pesos at 1:21 p.m. in Bogota after reaching 24,800, the highest intraday price since Dec. 24. The Colcap index climbed 0.7 percent.

Investors have pushed the stock above the “indicative” range of 21,350 pesos to 23,200 pesos that Bancolombia set in its offer on speculation demand has been strong for the stock and the Medellin-based company is still undervalued, said David Santos, a senior analyst at Compass Group in Bogota.

“The demand has been there, it definitely has, but only until Monday will we know how investors are standing,” Santos said in a telephone interview. “The market is recognizing that Bancolombia has been trading well below its peers and its historical average, and it’s a clear opportunity to buy.”

The shares may climb to 29,034 pesos in 12 months, according to the average of eight estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Bancolombia is seeking to sell 110 million shares, fetching 2.45 trillion pesos ($1.2 billion) at the midprice of the range, in an offering that ends tomorrow.

“There has been a lot of appetite, more than we were expecting,” Chief Executive Officer Carlos Raul Yepes said in an interview after a press event in Bogota yesterday.

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