US firm NVP to buy over 2% stake in NSE for Rs252 cr

US firm NVP to buy over 2% stake in NSE for Rs252 cr
PTI
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First Published: Wed, Jun 03 2009. 05 15 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Jun 03 2009. 05 15 PM IST
New Delhi: The US-based private equity firm Norwest Venture Partners on Wednesday said it would pick up a little over 2% stake in NSE, the country’s largest stock exchange in terms of trading volume, for about Rs252 crore, valuing the bourse at over Rs12,000 crore.
The equity firm has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 2.11% stake for a consideration of about Rs252 crore in the National Stock Exchange of India Ltd (NSE), Norwest Venture Partners said in a statement.
This would be the first FII investment under new policy subject to the regulatory approval, it said.
The stake will be transferred by IL&FS Securities Services Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Ltd.
“The valuation accorded to NSE reflects its standing in global markets and the deal would close by the next week,” NVP India Managing Partner Sohil Chand told PTI.
While exchange valuations have dropped dramatically in all developed markets, NSE remains well regarded in terms of quality of operations, management and growth, he said.
It would be recalled that in November 2008 the Ministry of Finance had clarified that foreign institutional investors could hold up to 23% of the equity in an Indian exchange, even if such exchange was not listed.
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First Published: Wed, Jun 03 2009. 05 15 PM IST