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Adani open offer: Nearly 28 lakh NDTV shares tendered by Day 3

Gautam Adani in August acquired VCPL that lent over Rs 400 crore to NDTV's founders more than a decade ago in exchange for warrants that allowed the company to acquire a stake of 29.18 pc in the newsgroup at any time.

This is a combination image of NDTV co-founder Pranab Roy (L) and Adani group chairman Gautam Adani (L) (Express/files)

Nearly 28 lakh shares were tendered by shareholders of NDTV under the Adani group’s open offer at the end of the third day on Thursday.

Adani group’s open offer to acquire an additional 26 per cent stake in the media firm New Delhi Television (NDTV) started on Tuesday.

According to the data from BSE, a total of 27,72,159 NDTV shares amounting to 16.54 per cent of the offer size were tendered by the shareholders by 1600 hrs on Thursday.

Adani’s offer price is Rs 294 per share, while NDTV shares settled at Rs 368.40 on Thursday, which is 25.3 per cent higher compared to the offer price.

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In the last three months, NDTV shares reached a high of Rs 540.85 on September 5, 2022.

The offer closes on December 5, a notice by JM Financial, the firm managing the offer on behalf of Adani Group firms, said.

Markets regulator Sebi on November 7 granted its approval to the proposed Rs 492.81 crore-open offer.

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The conglomerate, run by India’s richest man Gautam Adani, in August acquired a little-known company that lent over Rs 400 crore to NDTV’s founders more than a decade ago in exchange for warrants that allowed the company to acquire a stake of 29.18 per cent in the newsgroup at any time.

Post that, VCPL – the firm that the Adani group bought out – announced that it would launch an open offer on October 17 to buy an additional 26 per cent stake from minority shareholders of NDTV.

However, the offer was delayed since Sebi had not given its approval to the open offer.

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VCPL along with AMG Media Networks and Adani Enterprises Ltd had proposed to acquire an additional 26 per cent or 1.67 crore equity shares at an offer price of Rs 294 per share.

If fully subscribed, the open offer will amount to Rs 492.81 crore at a price of Rs 294 per share.

On Thursday, shares of NDTV closed at Rs 368.40 on BSE, up 2.65 per cent.

First published on: 24-11-2022 at 07:33:11 pm
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