Baring Private Equity Asia to acquire controlling stake in Hexaware Technologies for Rs 2,745 cr

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SummaryHexaware develops software, provides business process outsourcing services to overseas clients.

Baring Private Equity Asia will buy a controlling stake in outsourcing firm Hexaware Technologies Ltd for up to Rs 2,745 crore (about USD 420 million), one of the largest deals in Indian IT services space.

Baring will buy out promoters led by Atul Nishar and GA Global Investment Ltd's 41.8 per cent stake at Rs 126 or Rs 135 per share for an aggregate Rs 1,575 crore to Rs 1,687 crore. It will buy Hexaware founders' 27.7 per cent stake and 14.1 per cent from private equity firm General Atlantic.

Post buyout, Baring will make a mandatory tender offer to minority shareholders of Hexaware for up to 26 per cent of the company at Rs 135 a share aggregating to Rs 1,058 crore.

In a statement today, Hexaware said: ""Affiliates of Baring Private Equity Asia have signed definitive agreements to purchase approximately 125 million Hexaware shares, from promoter entities, led by Atul Nishar and GA Global Investments, an affiliate of General Atlantic in aggregate representing 41.8 per cent shareholding in Hexaware."

Shares of Hexaware ended at Rs 120.75 apiece, up 1.60 per cent compared to yesterday.

Atul Nishar will continue as non-executive chairman of Hexaware and P R Chandrasekar will continue as CEO of Hexaware, it added.

Big-ticket deals in the listed Indian IT space include US-based iGATE buying controlling stake in Patni Computers for USD 1.22 billion in 2011, Tech Mahindra acquiring Satyam Computers for over USD 580 million in 2009, EDS controlling MphasiS through multiple transactions for over USD 380 million and Oracle Corp buying i-flex solutions for about USD 909 million in 2005.

Morgan Stanley acted as primary financial advisor and Credit Suisse as co-advisor to promoter entities and General Atlantic AZB & Partners acted as legal counsel for the sellers, it said.

In addition J Sagar Associates acted as legal advisors for the promoter. Khaitan and Co and Allen & Overy LLP acted as legal advisors to Baring Private Equity Asia, it added.

Meanwhile, in a BSE filing, Hexaware said its board of directors at a meeting held today "have been notified and have acknowledged that Elder Infosystem Pvt Ltd and Elder Venture LLP (both of whom were disclosed as "promoters") and GA Global Investments Limited have entered into a share purchase agreements with HT Global IT Solutions Holdings Ltd."

HT Global IT Solutions Holdings is a company under the laws of Mauritius

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