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Unitech board to discuss appointment of advisors for demerger

Unitech board to discuss appointment of advisors for demerger
PTI
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First Published: Wed, Mar 31 2010. 03 28 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Mar 31 2010. 03 28 PM IST
New Delhi: Unitech Ltd, the country’s second largest realty firm, said on 31 March its board will meet on 6 April to discuss appointment of advisors for exploring opportunities for a potential restructuring of its businesses to unlock value for shareholders.
In a filing to the BSE, Unitech said the board will “consider appointing advisors for exploring opportunities and making suggestions to the board and the company for potential merger of subsidiaries, demerger and other forms of restructuring, or acquisitions, or spin-off with the ultimate object of enhancing and unlocking shareholder value.”
According to industry sources, the realty major is planning to demerge its noncore businesses of telecom and hotels.
The new infrastructure company would include Unitech’s telecom, hotel, SEZ and construction businesses, they added.
Unitech also plans to list the new company, sources said, adding that the company’s shareholders would get shares in the new firm at a swap ratio, which will be decided in due course.
According to the sources, IDFC and UBS are likely to be appointed as advisors for the demerger process.
“The objective is to unlock the value of non-core businesses for Unitech shareholders. The current market price does not reflect the value embedded in the various non-core businesses of the company,” a source said.
Unitech’s holding in its telecom joint venture ‘Uninor´ would be transferred to the new company, sources said.
Norway’s Telenor holds 67.25% stake in Uninor, while the remaining is with Unitech. Telenor has paid over Rs6,000 crore for the stake, valuing the company at close to Rs10,000 crore.
Uninor has started operations in eight telecom circles and is planning to ramp up business in coming months.
Shares of Unitech were quoting at Rs72.85, marginally up by 0.14% in morning trade on the Bombay Stock Exchange.
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First Published: Wed, Mar 31 2010. 03 28 PM IST
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