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An $8.8 bn IPO wave sweeps across India as investors bet on startups

The market for initial public offerings in India is turning into a feeding frenzy.

The amount of money raised in IPOs this year has reached $8.8 billion, already surpassing the totals of the past three years though it’s only August. At the current pace, 2021 would exceed the all-time record of $11.8 billion. Founders, bankers, lawyers and advisers are racing to cash in on fervent demand for fresh public offerings.

The catalyst, in a word, is Zomato Ltd. The food-delivery startup went public in July and, despite deep losses and mediocre prospects for profitability, shares have soared more than 70%. That has fueled the idea that similarly profit-challenged startups could find a strong reception from investors.

Oyo Hotels & Homes Pvt, a long-troubled lodging giant, started work last week on its draft prospectus and aims to file in October, according to people familiar with the matter. The ride-hailing leader Ola and fintech startup Pine Labs Pvt have also begun talks with investment bankers, according to other people aware of the situation.


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