Majority Satyam stake should be sold: Spice

Majority Satyam stake should be sold: Spice

Mumbai: The head of India’s Spice Group, a contender for Satyam Computer Services, said on Friday he was interested in bidding for majority control of the troubled outsourcer, but would reconsider if a smaller stake was offered.

“We have a game plan. But we can only implement this game plan if we have a 51% stake. If we don’t have 51%, how will we implement it?," chairman BK Modi told television channel CNBC-TV18.

Modi also said he would prefer putting his money directly into the fraud-hit outsourcing firm rather than taking a minority stake and making an open offer to existing shareholders to increase the holding.

“The board should ask for a waiver (of the open offer). I think money should come in the company. Shareholders will benefit because as stabilization comes in the company, they will see their value coming back," Modi said.

Late on Thursday, Satyam won an approval to bring on board a strategic investor with the financial and management clout needed to ensure its survival.

The Company Law Board (CLB) said Satyam could raise its authorised shares on issue to 1.4 billion from 800 million, and a board member said criteria for a stake sale could be finalised next week.

Satyam has been struggling for survival since 7 January, when founder and chairman Ramalinga Raju quit and said profits had been overstated for years and assets falsified.

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