Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Ambani goes for the kill, to buy out Ruia's stake as well

Finally, Anil Ambani has made his intentions absolutely clear. Reliance Communications will buy out Hutch-Essar in its entirety. Nimesh Kampani, representing the Ruias is believed to have held meetings with Anil Ambani. Various parties as interested in buying out Hutchison’s stake in Hutch-Essar are doing the rounds of investment circles. These include Ruias themselves raising debt from banks and buying Hutch’s stake in the JV. Bharti’s Mittals are also heard to be interested in buying out the company. Even the name of the Tatas has been mentioned. Maxis, the Malaysian telecom company, is also set to bid for Hutch-Essar. The Ruias stand to gain around $4-5 bn if they sell their stake to Reliance Communications. Ruias are being advised by Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. UBS is advising Ambani on the deal. Buyout funds like Blackstone, Texas Pacific, Carlyle and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, among others, are supporting Reliance to structure the financing. With about $10 billion through cash to buy equity and around $2-4 billion as debt from major foreign banks, Reliance seems to be the frontrunner in getting the Hutch-Essar telecom business.

Read the article from Business Standard.

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