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KFC, Pizza Hut operator Sapphire Foods signs IPO papers with SEBI

ipoSapphire Foods India Ltd, which operates KFC and Pizza Hut outlets, has filed draft papers with capital markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board Of India to increase funds through an initial public offering (IPO).

The initial share-sale would be entirely an offer-for-sale (OFS) of 17,569,941 equity shares by promoters and existing shareholders, according to the draft red herring prospectus (DRHP).

As a part of the OFS, QSR Management Trust would sell 8.50 lakh shares, Sapphire Foods Mauritius Ltd will offload 55.69 lakh shares, WWD Ruby Ltd would divest 48.46 lakh shares and Amethyst would provide 39.62 lakh shares.

Additionally, AAJV Investment Trust would sell 80,169 shares, Edelweiss Crossover Opportunities Fund would offload16.15 lakh shares and Edelweiss Crossover Opportunities Fund-Series II will divest 6.46 lakh shares.

Sapphire Foods, an omni-channel restaurant operator and the largest franchisee of Yum Brands in the Indian sub-continent, is backed by marquee investors such as Samara Capital, Goldman Sachs, CX Partners and Edelweiss.

As of March 31, 2021, Sapphire Foods possessed and operated 204 KFC restaurants in India and the Maldives, 231 Pizza Hut restaurants in India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, and two Taco Bell restaurants in Sri Lanka.

Devyani International, which is the other franchisee of Yum! Brands in India, operates 297 Pizza Hut stores and 264 KFC stores. It initiated its Rs. 1,838-crore IPO last week.

On August 9, Sapphire Foods proclaimed that it raised Rs 1,150 crore funds through a mix of primary and secondary rounds from private equity funds led by Creador, NewQuest Capital Partners and TR Capital.

JM Financial, BofA Securities, ICICI Securities and IIFL Securities are the lead managers to the firm's public issue. The equity shares of the firm would be listed on Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange.

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