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Vedanta is said to weigh Rs 8,321 crore share sale soon as June

Shares of Vedanta have risen 78 per cent this year, giving the company a market value of about $20.5 billion. The stock rose as much as 2.7 per cent Tuesday morning.
Last Updated : 29 May 2024, 03:21 IST
Last Updated : 29 May 2024, 03:21 IST

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By Suvashree Ghosh, Anto Antony and Baiju Kalesh

Indian commodities tycoon Anil Agarwal’s Vedanta Ltd. is considering a share sale as soon as the coming weeks that could raise as much as Rs 8,321 crore ($1 billion), people with knowledge of the matter said.

Vedanta is working with advisers including Axis Bank Ltd. subsidiary Axis Capital and Citigroup Inc. on the offering, the people said.

It has started gauging interest from potential investors including Middle Eastern funds, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private.

Shares of Vedanta have risen 78 per cent this year, giving the company a market value of about Rs 1,70,586 crore ($20.5 billion). The stock rose as much as 2.7 per cent Tuesday morning, before paring gains.

Vedanta may raise the funds through a type of share sale known as a qualified institutional placement, once approved to do so by shareholders, the people said.

It is discussing whether to launch the deal soon to take advantage of the Indian equity rally, though the timeline could change, the people said. The BSE Sensex has climbed almost 20 per cent over the past seven months.

Vedanta rally accelerates as India's equity market pushes higher.

Vedanta rally accelerates as India's equity market pushes higher.

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Details of the potential fundraising could change and there’s no certainty that Vedanta will proceed with a deal.

A Citi spokesperson declined to comment. Axis Bank and Vedanta didn’t immediately respond to emailed requests for comment.

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Published 29 May 2024, 03:21 IST

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