MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's National Stock Exchange Ltd (NSE), the country's biggest bourse, said on Thursday a planned initial public offering (IPO) will consist of stake sales by existing investors, without the sale of new shares.
The exchange's board also approved plans to issue free shares and a split of its stock, and plans to complete both processes by Dec. 15.
NSE said in June it would file for a domestic IPO by January, giving existing shareholders an exit opportunity after some foreign investors accused the exchange of dragging its feet on a listing.
It has named four banks, including Citigroup and Morgan Stanley, to manage its listing. Bankers expect the IPO to be launched in the second quarter of 2017.
A stock-split ahead of the IPO should help it price the shares more attractively for retail investors.
Under the plan approved by the NSE board on Thursday, its existing shareholders will get one bonus share for every 10 shares held. Subsequently, each stock with a face value of 10 rupees will be split into 10 shares of 1 rupee each, according to a statement from the exchange.
The exchange said after the stock split, its total number of subscribed equity shares will jump 10-fold to 495 million.
NSE's smaller rival BSE, which last month filed for an IPO, is also not selling any new shares. Instead, its investors including Singapore Exchange will be selling up to 29.96 million shares, or a 27.9 percent stake, in the IPO.
Reporting by Devidutta Tripathy and Rafael Nam; editing by Susan Thomas