Cairn India, Vedanta shares jump on $2.3-bn deal

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Mumbai | Updated: June 15, 2015 3:37:37 PM

Shares of Cairn India on Monday rose 0.50 per cent to Rs 181.65 after the announcement of merger between metal and mining company Vedanta and the oil firm in a $2.3 billion all-share deal.

Cairn India-Vedanta dealIn move to cut debts, India?s largest private miner Vedanta Ltd headed by billionaire Anil Agarwal will absorb oil firm Cairn India in a USD 2.3 billion all-share deal to create India?s largest diversified natural resources company. (Reuters)

Shares of Cairn India rose by nearly 4 per cent on Monday as private miner Vedanta Ltd moves to absorb the oil firm in a $2.3-billion all-share deal to create India’s largest diversified natural resources company.

Cairn India went up 3.54 per cent to Rs 187.15 on BSE. On NSE, it gained 3.65 per cent to Rs 187.35.

Shares of Vedanta too climbed 2.82 per cent to Rs 189.20 on BSE.

India’s largest private miner Vedanta Ltd headed by billionaire Anil Agarwal will merge Cairn India with itself in an attempt to cut debt.

Shareholders in Cairn India, the country’s top private oil producer, will get one ordinary share and 7.5 per cent redeemable preference share of Vedanta Ltd with a face value of Rs 10.

That implies a premium of 7.3 per cent to Cairn’s Friday closing price.

Vedanta will use Rs 16,867 crore of cash lying with Cairn to pay off part of its Rs 77,752 crore debt.

Post-merger, London-listed parent Vedanta Resources’ holding in Vedanta Ltd will drop to 50.1 per cent from 62.9 per cent.

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