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Zero fees from India has bankers relying on private share sales
 

Zero fees from India has bankers relying on private share sales

snehanathwani ,  07-Apr-10
India’s best quarter for stock sales in at least six years was accompanied by a slump in fees as investment banks competed to take state-owned companies public in deals that netted them almost no revenue.

Companies led by NMDC raised Rs 44,100 crore ($9.8 billion) through March 31, the most for a single quarter since Bloomberg began compiling data in 2004. While the value of sales doubled from the previous three months, fees slumped by half to Rs 2,000 crore, according to Bloomberg data.

More than half of sales were by state-owned companies that paid near-zero fees and crowded out private firms, putting pressure on banking revenues. JPMorgan Chase
& Co and ICICI Securities are among underwriters predicting a rebound in charges this year as more private companies tap stock markets for capital and the government overhauls the way it pays banks.


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