ONGC approves Cairn-Vedanta deal

ONGC approves Cairn-Vedanta deal

Mumbai: Shares of Cairn India jumped by nearly 4% in early trade on the bourses on Wednesday after state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) approved its parent firm Cairn Energy’s stake sale to Anil Agarwal-led Vedanta Resources.

ONGC on Tuesday gave its consent to Vedanta Resources for taking over Cairn India, but only if the mining group and the subsidiary of United Kingdom’s (UK) Cairn Energy signed a legal pact on sharing the royalty and cess burden in their producing acreages.

Reacting to the news, shares of the company opened on a bullish note on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and then surged by 3.71% to a high of 290.40.

A similar upsurge was witnessed in Cairn India’s counter on the National Stock Exchange (NSE), where the company jumped by 3.47% to a high of 290.40 after opening at 288.80.

The stock, however, saw some of the initial gains pared and was later trading at 285.40 on the BSE, up 1.93%, and at 284.95 on the NSE, up 1.68%, at 10:20 am.

The bullishness in the counter was in contrast to the cautious sentiment in the broader market, with the 30-share Sensex index quoted at 16,510.82 points, down 13.21 points, at 10:20 am.

“After detailed deliberations on preemptive rights and economic evaluation, the board of ONGC resolved that Cairn’s request (for consent to the $9 billion transaction) may be agreed to, subject to Cairn, Vedanta and their affiliates executing a formal agreement with ONGC agreeing to the royalty and cess conditions," ONGC said in a statement after market hours on Tuesday.

ONGC agreed to waive its preemption rights over the deal and will issue a no-objection certificate (NOC) when Cairn and Vedanta sign legal documents on royalty and cess, an ONGC official said Tuesday.