Piramal to divest Vodafone stake at Rs 8,900 crore

Piramal Enterprises today announced that it has agreed to divest its entire equity stake to Vodafone Group at Rs 8,900 crore.

The stake comprises of 45,425,328 shares (approximately 11 percent) in Vodafone India to Prime Metals, an indirect subsidiary of Vodafone Group for a total consideration of Rs 8,900 crore, valuing the shares of Vodafone India at Rs 1,960 per share.

Piramal had acquired these shares at an average price of Rs 1,290 per share for a total consideration of Rs 5,864 crore in two tranches during FY12.

“The equity purchase in Vodafone was consistent with our objective of making investments that offer opportunity to generate attractive long term return on equity” says Ajay Piramal, chairman, Piramal Group.

“I am glad to say that we have delivered against our targeted returns with this investment,” added Piramal.

Piramal Enterprises (PEL) is one of India’s largest diversified companies, with a presence in pharmaceutical, financial services and information management sectors. Piramal Enterprises had consolidated revenues of over $650 million in FY 2013.

In the pharmaceutical space, PEL is one of leading custom manufacturing player globally, has presence in the global critical care segment with a portfolio of inhalation and injectible anesthetics and its OTC business is ranked no 7 in India.

PEL is also engaged in drug discovery & research and has strong pipeline of development products. In the financial services space, PEL has a real estate focused PE fund – Indiareit and a NBFC that is focused on lending to real estate and education sector. PEL’s information management business, Decision Resources Group is a leading provider of information based services to the healthcare industry.

The Piramal group, led by Ajay G Piramal is one of India’s foremost business conglomerates. The group’s turnover exceeded $1 billion in FY2013.

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