Adani Group, EBITDA, Rs 90,000 crore
In May 2022, APSEZ had announced signing of a Share Purchase Agreement (SPA) for the sale of its Myanmar Port.

Adani says committed to open offer for NDTV

The Adani Group said on Wednesday (October 19) that it is committed to completing the process to launch the open offer to buy an additional 26 per cent stake in NDTV. In a stock exchange filing, the company has asked SEBI to provide comments on its draft open offer letter.

The group had earlier missed the date for the launch of an open offer for NDTV.

Run by India’s richest man Gautam Adani, the conglomerate, in August acquired a little-known company that lent over ₹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 news group at any time.

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

In a stock exchange filing, Adani Enterprises Ltd said VCPL has urged SEBI “to provide its observations on the Draft Letter of Offer filed in relation to the Open Offer, in accordance with the SEBI (SAST) Regulations.”

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 ₹294 per share.
NDTV shares closed at ₹332.90 a piece on the BSE on Wednesday, a 13 per cent premium to open offer price of ₹294 per share.

Also read: Adani Group can’t acquire 99.5% stake without SEBI nod: NDTV

The filing said that the decision to acquire NDTV was arrived at in furtherance of the Adani Group’s objective to set up a credible next generation media platform with emphasis on digital and broadcast segments, and that NDTV is a suitable broadcast and digital platform to deliver on this vision.

The open offer was supposed to launch on October 17, as per the advertisement by JM Financial, the firm which is managing it on behalf of Adani.

“While the Underlying Transaction has not been consummated due to the stance being taken by RRPR (the promoter of NDTV), VCPL is committed to its vision and intends to proceed with the open offer in accordance with the provisions of the SEBI (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeover) Regulations, 2011 (SEBI (SAST) Regulations), which require that the Open Offer be completed regardless of whether the Underlying Transaction has been consummated.”

The filing said JM Financial addressed the letter to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on October 19, 2022, on behalf of VCPL. The open offer would tentatively close on November 1, JM Financial, the firm which was managing the offer had informed earlier.

Also read: How an unpaid loan helped Adani to make hostile takeover bid for NDTV

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

However, this was contested by NDTV’s founder promoters asserting that the deal cannot go ahead without Sebi’s nod as well as that of the Income Tax Department. Adani group had previously rejected claims that the major stake sale by NDTV founders would require clearance from tax authorities. The NDTV promoters had claimed that they were completely unaware of the takeover and it was done without their consent.

Also read: Not quitting: Ravish Kumar as NDTV counters takeover claims by Adani Group

Read More
Next Story