Barbeque Nation Hospitality IPO to open on March 24, price band fixed at Rs 498-500

Barbeque Nation Hospitality, the owner of the casual dining restaurant chain Barbeque Nation Restaurants, is ready to open its initial public offering (IPO) for subscription on March 24. The price band for the public issue has been fixed at Rs 498-500 a share.

The public issue includes a fresh issue of Rs 180 crore and an offer for sale of 54,57,470 equity shares by shareholders Sadiya Dhanani, Azhar Dhanani, Sanya Dhanani, Tamara, Sayaji Housekeeping Services, Aajv Investment Trust, and Menu Private Limited, an advertisement published in newspapers by the company stated.

The company has set aside Rs 2 crore worth of shares for its employees. Investors can bid for a minimum of 30 equity shares and its multiples thereof, which gives a minimum application size of Rs 15,000 per lot at the higher price band.

The issue will close on March 26. The anchor book, if any, will open for bidding for a day on March 23.

The company has reserved 75 percent of the total book size for qualified institutional buyers, 10 percent for retail investors, and the remaining 15 percent for non-institutional investors.

Barbeque Nation and Tamara have already secured Rs 149.97 crore by selling 59,51,132 equity shares through its pre-IPO placement for Rs 396.82 a share. The fresh issue size stands reduced at Rs 180 crore from Rs 275 crore.

The company plans to use the total proceeds from the fresh issue for expansion and opening of new restaurants and repaying certain borrowings, while the offer for sale money will go to the selling shareholders.

Kayum Dhanani, Raoof Dhanani, Suchitra Dhanani, Sayaji Hotels, and Sayaji Housekeeping Services are the promoters of Barbeque Nation Hospitality company.

The company owns and operates Barbeque Nation restaurants, one of India’s leading casual dining restaurant chains in terms of outlet count as of September 2020. It also operates Toscano restaurants and UBQ by Barbeque Nation Restaurant.

The company established the first Barbeque Nation restaurant in 2008 and increased the count to 147 (includes opened, temporarily closed, and under-construction outlets) in 77 cities in India. It also had six outlets in three countries as of December 2020.

Equity shares are proposed to be listed on the BSE and National Stock Exchange. IIFL Securities, Axis Capital, Ambit Capital, and SBI Capital Markets are the book running lead managers to the issue.