Mumbai: Shares in software trainer NIIT rose more than 18% in early trades on Monday, after the firm said it sold its United States (US) unit’s entire stake in Element K Corp, a step-down subsidiary, to Ireland-based SkillSoft for $110 million.

NIIT’s CEO Vijay Thadani. (File photo)

“This partnership will enable NIIT to rapidly expand its managed service business," Vijay Thadani, chief executive officer (CEO), NIIT, said.

“We have been arguing that the stock is attractively valued - this transaction will result in value unlocking - we expect significant upside to the NIIT stock in the near term," Citi said in a research note.

The transaction will also make NIIT a debt-free company as it had net debt of around $60 million at the end of the June- quarter, the note said.

At 9:56 am, NIIT shares were up 14.17% at 49.95 in a firm Mumbai market.