Acquisition of Mindtree is the topmost agenda for infrastructure giant Larsen & Toubro at the moment and eventually the mid-sized IT firm is going to be transformed into a big company, L&T Group Chairman A M Naik said.
The USD 20 billion conglomerate, which has taken its overall holding in Mindtree to about 26 per cent, will launch the open offer to buy additional stake in around 10 days, he added.
“We continuously look for opportunities as they come by, but right now our mind is completely occupied on Mindtree and I hope we will be able to eventually make this into a big company as well,” Naik told PTI in an exclusive interview here.
Naik said Mindtree’s acquisition was top on L&T’s agenda right now.
“We have got around 26 per cent stake in Mindtree and now we will wait till we get 51 per cent. The open offer will be launched in about 10-12 days time,” he added.
Naik joined L&T in 1965 as a junior engineer and rose to the position of CEO and MD in 1999 and chairman in 2003. In 2017, he stepped aside from executive responsibilities and took over as Group Chairman.
On delays in approval for the open offer, Naik said: “In about 10 days it will start.”
Elaborating on Mindtree promoters’ opposition to the hostile takeover bid, Naik said they are obviously attached to their company, but have started to realise that L&T is also an employee-centric organisation.
“Mindtree promoters are obviously attached to their company, so they don’t easily want to give up. But now they realise that L&T is a very nice company which is excellent to its employees too.
“I think slowly they also feel…they wanted to sell it anyway. Altogether it is about 12 per cent (stake) and we are not saying you sell and go. Whenever they sell and if they want to sell it to us, we will buy the stake,” he said.