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Tata's Trent to raise up to 1,550 crore for expansion plans

  • Trent says its board has approved the plans to raise up to 1,550 crore in the current financial through a combination of issuance of shares to its promoter Tata Sons on a preferential basis and other options
  • Shares of Trent closed 1.41% higher at 395.05 apiece on the BSE

New Delhi: Tata Group's retail arm Trent Ltd on Tuesday announced plans to raise up to 1,550 crore in the current financial year through a combination of issuance of shares to its promoter Tata Sons on a preferential basis and other options, to fund its expansion.

"The board of directors at its meeting...approved issue of equity shares on a preferential basis to Tata Sons Pvt Ltd, promoter of the company, subject to such regulatory/ statutory approvals as may be required, including approval of the shareholders of the company," Trent Ltd said in a regulatory filing.

The company said total amount to be raised from issuance of shares to the promoter is about 950 crore.

Separately, Trent said, "Independent of the above issuance, the board of directors also appointed a committee of the board to explore options to raise additional funds not exceeding 600 crore in financial year 2019-20 by issue of equity shares or other securities including through qualified institutional placement, rights issue or any other permissible mode or a combination thereof.""Options shortlisted by the committee, if any, shall be presented to the board of directors for consideration," the company added.

Trent Ltd said it is witnessing positive traction for its lifestyle retail concepts and consequently pursuing a substantially accelerated growth programme across the Westside, Zudio and Star formats.

"The foregoing fundraising proposal was considered by the board of directors in the context of the company's funding requirements given the growth plans," it added.

Shares of Trent Ltd closed 1.41% higher at 395.05 apiece on the BSE.

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