December 18, 2018 / 8:11 AM / 6 months ago

SEBI chief laments slow pace of IPOs hitting market

Ajay Tyagi, chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), speaks at a news conference in Mumbai, December 28, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

MUMBAI (Reuters) - The chief of India’s capital market regulator on Tuesday expressed concerns about the slow pace of initial public offerings (IPOs) hitting the market despite approval for filings worth around 600 billion rupees ($8.43 billion).

However, Ajay Tyagi, the chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), cautioned that pricing of IPOs should be done more carefully in volatile times.

Fund raising by small-and-medium-sized companies have doubled as against last year, Tyagi said addressing an investment banking event in the city.

Driven primarily by domestic investors, the broader NSE Nifty has gained 3.4 percent, while the benchmark BSE Sensex is up 6.5 percent so far this year.

However, a debt crisis at a major infrastructure company in September and tightened liquidity due to global trade tensions have dampened investor sentiments, making it difficult for companies to come out with IPOs.

($1 = 71.1900 Indian rupees)

Reporting By Promit Mukherjee in Mumbai and Arnab Paul in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich

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