November 6, 2017 / 4:51 AM / 7 months ago

India's Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management rises over 18 pct on market debut

Nov 6 (Reuters) - India’s Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management Ltd saw a strong market debut on Monday, with shares surging as much as 18.65 percent, in the first ever listing by a mutual fund manager in the country.

The company’s initial public offering to raise up to 15.42 billion rupees ($238.29 million) was subscribed over 81 times.

Shares in the company were trading at 285.65 rupees, up 13.35 percent by 0444 GMT in a weak Mumbai market that was down 0.23 percent.

Mutual funds have seen their assets under management surging to record highs this year helped by a bull market and shifting of physical assets to financial assets after India’s surprise scrapping of high-value banknotes late last year.

Indian companies have seen a rise in demand for IPOs and look set to surpass the record $8.65 billion raised in 2007. ($1 = 64.7100 Indian rupees) (Reporting By Arnab Paul in Bengaluru; Editing by Swati Bhat)

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