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Future Group in talks to sell 65% stake in ACK Media: report

Earlier the firm was trying to raise Rs600 to 800 crore by offloading stakes in fashion brands to strategic and private equity players, says CFO
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First Published: Wed, Sep 04 2013. 03 58 PM IST
ACK Media owns the country’s leading children’s magazine brands Amar Chitra Katha, Tinkle and Karadi Tales. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
ACK Media owns the country’s leading children’s magazine brands Amar Chitra Katha, Tinkle and Karadi Tales. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
Updated: Wed, Sep 04 2013. 06 29 PM IST
Mumbai: India’s Future Ventures is in talks to sell its 65% stake in entertainment and education company ACK Media for about $25-$29 million, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
ACK Media owns the country’s leading children’s magazine brands Amar Chitra Katha, Tinkle and Karadi Tales.
“This is on the cards and talks are on but it will take some time,” said C.P. Toshniwal, chief financial officer of Future Group. Future Ventures is the alternate investment arm of Future Group, India’s largest retailer.
Toshniwal had earlier told Reuters the company was trying to raise Rs600 to 800 crore ($88-$118 million) by offloading stakes in fashion brands to strategic and private equity players. But the plans have been hit as the rupee volatility and weak capital market conditions have spooked investors.
ACK Media chief executive Vijay Sampath declined comment.
Amar Chitra Katha, ACK Media’s flagship brand, was founded in 1967 and sells over 1.5 million copies every year with more than 400 comics in 20 languages, according to its website.
Elephant Capital, owned by promoters of healthcare products firm Dabur India, is the other investor in the company.
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