Reject Bharat NRE-Gujarat NRE Coke merger: IIAS to shareholders
IIAS has questioned the management’s rationale for selling 30% stake in Bharat NRE in FY09 and then buying back 70% in FY13 at a higher valuation. Further, it has also questioned the incremental tangible benefits that would accrue to Gujarat NRE Coke from the amalgamation, as the Dharwad facility is already under operational lease by the company, IIAS stated in its recommendation report.
As per the report, the proposed amalgamation would aid the promoter group to increase its stake in Gujarat NRE Coke without triggering an open offer, as shares acquired pursuant to scheme of amalgamation are exempt from making an open offer under SEBI Takeover Code 2011.
Based on the scheme of amalgamation, for each share of Bharat NRE Coke, two shares of Gujarat NRE Coke will be issued. Gujarat NRE Coke currently owns close to 30% in the subsidiary firm. The promoter shareholding has already increased by 4.62% to 50.68% as of November 23, 2012, from 46.06% in March 31, 2012, primarily on account of conversion of 45 million preferential warrants at R21.08 per share on November 23, 2012.
By including shares to be issued pursuant to this proposed amalgamation, the promoter shareholding will increase to 54.72%, an aggregate of 8.66% increase in the current financial year.
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