RIL to offload 3.1% bringing down stake in Network18 to 75%

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 07, 2015 08:37 IST

Reliance Industries will offload 3.10% bringing down the stake in shareholding media and entertainment firm Network18 Media to 75%.

The company, which had last year acquired majority holding in Network18 Media and Investments for Rs 4,000 crore through Independent Media Trust (IMT), said the move was to comply with SEBI requirement of keeping promoter holding at 75%.

In a BSE filing Reliance Industries said: "...It is proposing to sell 3.25 crore shares of Network18 Media and Investments Ltd (representing 3.10% of the equity capital) to bring down the aggregate shareholding of the promoter and promoter group to 75 per cent."

Promoter shareholding in the company as on March 31, 2015, stood at 78.10%.

It further said it will offload shares to "increase public shareholding in the company to 25% as mandated by Clause 40A of the listing agreement pursuant to Securities Contract (Regulation) Rules, 1967."

Elaborating, it said, in this regard, promoter group firm Shinano Retail Pvt Ltd "has issued a Offer for Sales of 3.25 crore shares of Network18".

Offer for sale will open July 8, however, the company did not share the price at which it will offload the stake. Based on today's closing price, the deal is expected to value just over Rs 200 crore.

In a separate filing, TV18 Broadcast Ltd said that Hari S. Bhartia, non executive and independent director, has resigned from the directorship of the company effective from June 30, 2015.

On May 29 last year, in the biggest ever deal in India's media sector, Reliance Industries acquired control in Network 18 Media & Investments Ltd, including its subsidiary TV18 Broadcast Ltd, for Rs 4,000 crore.

Subsequently, the company made open offers to acquire a controlling stake in media group Network18 and its subsidiaries.

In January 2012, Network18 Group and Reliance Industries had joined hands for a multi-layered deal, under which the Mukesh Ambani-led corporate giant sold part of its interest in ETV channels and got access to content and distribution assets of the electronic media group.

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