New Delhi: Vedanta Group firm Sesa Goa on Wednesday said it will come out with open offer by 11 April to acquire up to a 20% additional stake in Cairn India at Rs355 per share.
The company’s decision to go ahead with the open offer is subject to government approval, Sesa Goa said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).
The $9.6 billion deal, wherein UK-based Vedanta Group entered into an agreement with Cairn Energy Plc for taking an over 51% stake in Cairn India, is expected to be cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs in the afternoon.
The London-listed mining firm controlled by NRI billionaire Anil Agarwal had channelled the deal through its subsidiary Sesa Goa.
“Sesa Goa is required to launch the open offer by 11 April at a price of Rs355 per Cairn India share. The acquisition of 51-60% of Cairn India by the Vedanta Group remains conditional on receipt of government of India consents,” the filing said.
The company made this announcement following conditional clearance from market regulator Sebi on Tuesday for the open offer.
The government clearance will pave the way for London-listed mining group Vedanta Resources to enter the oil business through Cairn India, which operates the Mangala oilfield in Rajasthan -- the largest onland domestic oilfield, among others.
Both Cairn Energy and Vedanta have kept a timeline of 15 April to close the transaction, which may have to be extended following the new developments.
The Vedanta Group, soon after announcing the deal to acquire up to 51% stake in Cairn India, had sought Sebi’s approval for the mandatory open offer to be made to the public shareholders of the target company.
As per the deal, Sesa Goa would acquire a 40% stake from Edinburgh-based Cairn Energy Plc for $6.65 billion and make an open for to acquire another 20% from Cairn India’s other stockholders.
In the public offer announced on 17 August, Sesa Goa had offered to acquire up to a 20% stake from public shareholders at a price of Rs355 per share.
The Rs13,631 crore open offer was first scheduled to open on 11 October and close on 30 October, but got affected due to a delay in Sebi approval for the same.
The company will now have to announce a fresh schedule for the open offer, where it may have to incorporate various clarifications sought by Sebi during the course of its due diligence on the proposed transaction.
It was also agreed in the deal that Cairn Energy, the parent firm of Cairn India, will make up for any shortfall in shares acquired through the open offer.
As per the Takeover Code, any deal involving acquisition of 15% or more stake in a listed company requires the acquirer to make an open offer for a 20% stake purchase from public shareholders and this offer needs to be approved by Sebi.
Following the announcement, the scrip of Sesa Goa was up by 3.85% at Rs326.30 at 02:00 pm on the Bombay Stock Exchange, while Cairn India shares were trading in the red and were down by 3.90% at Rs 351.00 apiece.