In the public announcement, the company said that till October 1, it will be sending out Letter of Offer/ Bid Forms to public shareholders. The bidding for the shares will begin from October 5 and will remain open for shareholders till October 9. During this window, public shareholders will submit their bids for the delisting of shares. Currently, the promoter group holds 176 crore shares, excluding the American Depositary Shares aggregating to 50.14% of the company’s shares. According to the schedule provided by Vedanta Limited, the last date for announcement of counter offer has been set at October 13. Further, on October 16, the discovered price or the exit price will be announced and whether the acquirers of the shares accept the same. In case of acceptance of the offer, on October 23, the company will proceed to pay the public shareholders.
For Anil Agarwal’s Vedanta to go private the acquirers will need to take their shareholding up to 90%. The parent company of Vedanta Limited earlier last month managed to secure $3.15 billion in funds. Vedanta Resources secured a bank commitment of $1.75 billion and recently raised senior secured bonds of $1.4 billion, maturing in three years with a 13% coupon. “For delisting, the promoter needs to acquire 45.9% public holding in India or 1,704 million shares and $3.15 billion implies the ability to pay at least Rs139/share,” Kotak Securities said last month. However, Vedanta Limited shareholding at the end of the June quarter has public shareholding at 49.49%.
The current market price of the stock is at Rs 140 per share which is at a 60% premium to the delisting offer of Rs 87.50 per share that the billionaire Anil Agarwal had unveiled earlier this year.