April 14, 2021 5:02 am

Centre exits Tata Communications, sells 10% stake to Tata Sons’ arm in an off-market trade

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In another divestment move, the Union government has announced to have shelved its 10% stake in Tata Communications marking an exit from the company. The Centre has surrendered its state to Tata Sons’ arm Panatone Finvest in an off-market trade.

The Government of earlier held a 26.12% stake while Panatone Finvest had 34.80%, Tata Sons 14.07% and the remaining 25.01% was with the public before the transaction.

The stake sale is part of the government’s disinvestment process. The government has set a to realise Rs 32,000 crore in this fiscal.

“We wish to inform you that we have 2,85,00,000 equity shares held by us in Tata Communications Limited representing 10% of the total shareholding of the company, to the buyer on March 18, 2021, by way of an off-market trade,” the Department of Telecom on behalf of the President of India said in a regulatory note.

According to the regulatory filing, the government has sold a 10% stake to Panatone Finvest Limited. The government has already sold a 16.12% stake through an offer for sale to retail and non-retail investors at the floor price of Rs 1,161 per equity.

The government has reserved a minimum of 25% of the offer share for mutual funds and insurance companies subject to valid bids and 10% for retail investors. The OFS was subscribed 1.33 times. Tata Communications was formed after Tata Group acquired a stake in 2002 in erstwhile Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited set up by the government in 1986.

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