Piramal Said to Pick Citi, Morgan Stanley for $775 Million Offer

  • Kotak Mahindra also working on institutional share placement
  • Piramal to tap markets after 73 percent stock surge this year

Piramal Enterprises Ltd., controlled by Indian billionaire Ajay Piramal, has picked Citigroup Inc. and Morgan Stanley to arrange a share sale that could raise as much as 50 billion rupees ($775 million), people with knowledge of the matter said.

The Mumbai-based company, which has a $7.5 billion market value, also chose Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. to work on the offering, according to the people. Piramal aims to start the share sale to institutions as soon as next week, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private.

Piramal is raising funds after its shares gained 73 percent this year, outpacing the 17 percent rise in the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex Index. Any deal will add to the $6.3 billion of new equity offerings in India over the past 12 months, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The exact timing and size of the share sale is yet to be finalized, the people said. The company sought shareholder approval last month for a share sale. A representative for Piramal said she couldn’t immediately comment.

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