Gateway Distriparks gains in pre-open trading on rail unit IPO plan

Mumbai: India’s Gateway Distriparks rallied and gained as much as 4.89 percent intraday, in pre-open trading after reports on Tuesday that the logistics firm is aiming to list its rail unit, valued by analysts at nearly $500 million, by the end of the current financial year in March 2016, two sources directly involved in the process said.

In order to maintain its majority stake after the IPO, Gateway Distriparks is in talks with Blackstone to buy back a five to seven percent stake in the unit, the sources added.  The stock closed at Rs 379.90, up 12.95 points or 3.53 per cent.

According to the report, private equity firm Blackstone, a key investor in unit Gateway Rail Freight, had written to the parent firm in January asking it to consider an initial public offer, according to a company filing at the time.

Blackstone invested around 3 billion rupees ($48 million) in Gateway Rail Freight in 2010, the bulk of that through convertible preference shares. If fully converted, Blackstone could hold a stake of over 40 percent, analysts estimate.

In order to maintain its majority stake after the IPO, Gateway Distriparks is in talks with Blackstone to buy back a five to seven percent stake in the unit, said the report quoting sources. They declined to be named as the talks are not public.

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