Retail investors turn careful on IPOs

Though the 10 IPOs in the fiscal have mopped up close to Rs 10,000 crore, the attitude of retail investors to the offerings has been one of extreme caution.

While participation by institutional and high net worth investors has been positive, retail interest has waned, said merchant bankers.

The 10 IPOs that hit the market this fiscal have seen their retail portion getting subscribed less than four times on an average.

The IPOs may be getting subscribed multiple times. But the fact that several investment recommendations stated that the IPOs were overvalued put retail investors off.

Mr Adeel, a retail investor, said: “A small-time retail investor will look at investment recommendations and most of the IPOs are said to be overvalued. This will keep us away from those IPOs.”

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