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Bajaj Housing Finance files papers for ₹7,000 crore IPO

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Bajaj Housing Finance has filed preliminary papers with capital markets regulator Sebi to raise ₹7,000 crore through an initial public offering (IPO).

The proposed IPO comprises a fresh issue of equity shares of up to ₹4,000 crore and an offer for sale (OFS) of equity shares worth ₹3,000 crore by parent Bajaj Finance, according to the draft red herring prospectus (DRHP).

The share sale is being conducted to comply with the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) regulations, which require upper-layer non-banking finance companies to be listed on stock exchanges by September 2025.

Proceeds from the fresh issue will be used to augment the company’s capital base to meet future capital requirements.

Bajaj Housing Finance is a non-deposit-taking housing finance company registered with the National Housing Bank since September 2015. It offers financial solutions for purchasing and renovating residential and commercial properties.

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It has been identified and categorised as an “upper layer” NBFC by the RBI in India, and its comprehensive mortgage products include home loans, loans against property, lease rental discounting and developer financing.

For the entire financial year 2023-24, the housing lender posted a net profit of ₹1,731 crore, marking a 38% growth from ₹1,258 crore in FY23.

Housing finance companies Aadhar Housing Finance and India Shelter Finance have been recently listed on the stock exchanges.

On June 6, the board of Bajaj Finance approved the sale of shares worth ₹3,000 crore in the initial public offering of Bajaj Housing Finance.

Kotak Mahindra Capital Company Ltd, BofA Securities India Ltd, SBI Capital Markets Ltd, Goldman Sachs (India) Securities Private Ltd and JM Financial Ltd are the book-running lead managers that will manage the company’s public issue.

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FGS Global names global chief financial and operating officer

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Mark Harris (pictured) will join FGS Global in September and succeed Ajay Junnarkar, the global CFO who has held the role since October 2019.

Harris is currently executive vice-president and CFO at Nasdaq-listed Heidrick & Struggles. He previously held senior finance roles in the US and Asia at investment firms Hercules Capital and Avenue Capital Group, and earlier at Hutchison Telecoms and outsourcing business VSource Pty.

At FGS Global, Harris will oversee all aspects of the finance function and the Global Technology team, the agency said, and “enhance the firm’s operations by leading our global operating committee”.

Harris will report directly to global chief executive Alex Geiser, who said: “With nearly three decades of experience, Mark’s proven track record of success overseeing global finance operations in numerous industries, including professional service organisations, will be instrumental as we continue to build the leading communications advisory firm for the stakeholder economy.”

FGS, the global strategic advisory and comms firm founded in its current form in December 2021, after the merger of Finsbury Glover Hering and Sard Verbinnen, received new investment in April 2023 from private equity firm KKR in a deal that valued the consultancy at $1.425bn. Finsbury Glover Hering was earlier formed from the merger of WPP stablemates Finsbury, The Glover Park Group and Hering Schuppener.

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Roland Rudd, global co-chair of FGS and one of the founders, said: “On behalf of everyone at FGS, I thank Ajay for his valuable contributions to the company. Ajay made a positive and lasting impact on our business, helping lead FGS through a period of growth and transformation following the combination of Finsbury, The Glover Park Group, Hering Schuppener and Sard Verbinnen – and through the growth investment by KKR in April 2023.”

Harris said: “FGS is a unique consultancy that offers clients a strategic communications and advocacy partner that helps leadership teams navigate complexity, and I am excited and honored to be joining the team at this pivotal time. I look forward to working closely with the executive team and board to help accelerate financial and operational growth and expansion for the next chapter of the business.”

Global revenue at FGS Global grew eight per cent in 2023 to $455.4m, according to PRWeek’s Agency Business Report.

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Councilwoman calling for No Confidence vote on Nashville’s finance, law directors over ‘mishandling’ of funds

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Councilwoman calling for No Confidence vote on Nashville’s finance, law directors over ‘mishandling’ of funds

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – A Metro City Council member is filing a No Confidence resolution for the city’s finance and law directors for “their mishandling of Metro Arts grant funding due to personal grievances and personal relationships.”

Councilwoman Joy Styles has filed the resolution after accusing Metro Director of Finance Kevin Crumbo and Metro Director Wallace Dietz of allegedly mishandling the funds.

Styles claims the Metro Arts grants distribution process was stunted by the duo while they slandered the reputations of the former Metro Arts Executive Director, Executive Director of the Metro Human Relations Commission and a council member.

“The application of equitable award distribution has been at the heart of the chaos,” Styles said in a press release. Several applicants still have not been paid and are required to use their awards by the end of fiscal year 2024, June 30th. The confusion has broken the trust between the city and the arts community and needs to repaired. Accountability and correction is necessary.”

Styles, Arts Equity members, community activists and other council members are set to hold a press conference on Tuesday evening.

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“A culture change is overdue within Metro Nashville government as it pertains to race, equity and anti-racism practices, and the individuals that maintain status quo problems cannot be the same individuals to provide solutions,” Styles said.

Councilwoman Styles, an artist, Elisheba Mrozik and former Metro employee Mike Lacy are set to speak at the press conference.

“Arts Equity Nashville formed in response to severe and deep and manufactured inequities in arts funding in Nashville. That is how we know we are on the right side of history, so we keep up this fight and support Council Member Joy Styles’ resolution of No Confidence in Wally Dietz and Kevin Crumbo for their disrespect towards artists and their allies, their lack of compliance with Title VI and civil rights law, and their continued overreach in dismembering democratic procedures,” Arts Equity Nashville said.

WSMV4 has reached out to both Crumbo and Dietz for comment. Dietz responded with no comment to the councilwoman’s call for a press conference.

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