Stocks of Srei Infrastructure surged more than eight per cent in morning trade today after the company said it is planning to raise $500 million through its infrastructure debt fund.

Srei Infrastructure is planning to raise $500 million through its infrastructure debt fund which is likely to be launched as early as January next year.

Reacting to the development, the scrip opened on a bullish note and then surged 8.2 per cent to an early high of Rs 37.60 on the BSE.

The stock has rallied more than 33 per cent in the last five trading sessions, since November 9 — the day it announced its September quarter results.

Market analysts said the strong rally in the counter is largely owing to the fact that the company has already received the Certificate of Registration from the Securities and Exchange Board of India for its infrastructure debt fund.

Moreover, the company also posted bullish earnings.

Srei Infrastructure has reported an over five-fold growth in net profit at Rs 130.20 crore in the second quarter ended September 30, 2012 while its consolidated income grew 34 per cent to Rs 788 crore.

“Srei plans to raise around $500 million for its infrastructure debt fund through the MF route,” Srei Infrastructure Finance CMD Hemant Kanoria had said, adding that the fund will be launched in the fourth quarter of FY’13.

Subscription from investors will be obtained via NFO of the scheme and the fund will focus on large investors as the minimum subscription for the fund is Rs 1 crore.

The fund would focus on sub-sectors which provide good regulatory clarity like toll roads, power transmission etc.

The Government has allowed financial institutions to float IDFs through the mutual fund route or structure it as an NBFC to attract long-term savings into the infrastructure sector.

The Government has estimated that $ 1 trillion will be required during the next five years for developing the country’s infrastructure.

(This article was published on November 19, 2012)
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