Warburg Pincus’ Future open offer hit

Future Capital Holdings today said the open offer by Pincus for acquiring 26% stake is delayed.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: July 30, 2012 8:06:06 pm

Future Capital Holdings today said the open offer by US-based private equity firm Warburg Pincus for acquiring 26 per cent stake in the company has been delayed as it has not received regulatory clearances.

The offer was originally scheduled to open on July 25 and close on August 11.

“The open offer is delayed from its tentative schedule as the relevant parties are in the process of obtaining necessary regulatory approvals,” Future Capital Holdings said in a filing to the BSE.

The shareholders of the target company as requested to note that the revised timeline for the open offer will be intimated on receipt of regulatory approvals,it added.

Last month,debt-ridden Future Group had sold its 53.67 per cent stake in Future Capital Holdings to Warburg Pincus for an estimated Rs 560 crore.

After the stake purchase,the US-based PE firm had made an open offer to acquire 1.77 crore shares or 26 per cent stake in Future Capital Holdings at Rs 162 apiece.

As per the Sebi norms,Warburg Pincus will have to make an open offer of 26 per cent to the shareholders of Future Capital Holdings. Open offer provides an opportunity to the existing investors to exit the company.

The open offer share price of Rs 162 apiece is at 14 per cent premium over the price when the sale announcement was made on June 4.

The flagship Future Group of Kishore Biyani,which is into retail business through Big Bazaar,Food Bazaar and e-zone and Pantaloon has over Rs 5,000 crore debt.

Shares of Future Capital Holdings were trading at Rs 151.20,up 0.13 per cent on the BSE.

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