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BlackRock, Canada Pension bought more Paytm stock after weak market debut - Business Standard

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Several of the biggest investors in Paytms record-breaking initial public offering added to their stakes in the Indian fintech giant after shares plunged by as much as 41%, according to people familiar with the matter. BlackRock Inc. and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board were among so-called anchor investors in the IPO that bought more Paytm shares on Tuesday and Wednesday, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing private information.The stock climbed for a third day on Thursday, rallying as much as 7% to 1,875 rupees in early Mumbai trading.

 
Thats still a fair distance away from its issue price of 2,150 rupees. The size of this weeks purchases by anchor investors couldnt immediately be learned. Representatives for BlackRock and CPPIB declined to comment.ALSO READ: Dozen Indian IPOs now under extra investor scrutiny after Paytm debaclePaytms early tumble ranked among the worst debuts by a major technology company since the dot-com bubble era of the late 1990s.
 
Any sign that influential money managers like BlackRock are doubling down on the company may help ease concern about the sustainability of an Indian stock-market boom that has lured $17 billion of foreign inflows over the past year and stoked a trading frenzy among local individual investors.While Paytms shareholders include big-name investors like Warren Buffetts Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and Masayoshi Sons SoftBank Group Corp., some analysts have questioned the companys valuation and path to profitability. Macquarie Capital Securities (India) Ltd. has a price target of 1,200 rupees, about 32% lower than the stocks closing level on Wednesday.
 
Paytm Chief Executive Officer Vijay Shekhar Sharma, who made no secret of his desire for his company to surpass the long-standing IPO record set by Coal India Ltd. in 2010, said last week that the stocks early tumble was no indicator of the value of our company.We are in it for the long haul, Sharma said in an interview. Well put our heads down and execute.The $2.
 
5 billion offering by Paytm, formally known as One 97 Communications Ltd., was arranged by banks including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Axis Capital, ICICI Securities, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc.
 
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