Thursday, January 11, 2007

Deutsche Borse, Singapore Stock Exchange in race to acquire BSE interest

The Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX) and Deutsche Borse are two of some of the leading stock exchanges that may get to buy a stake in Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).
The London Stock Exchange (LSE) and NASDAQ are two other exchanges that seem to be interested in acquiring a stake in BSE. At one point of time, even NYSE was considering an investment in BSE and was said to have done a due diligence. This was before the government had stipulated a 5% limit for a foreign investor in stock exchanges. NYSE has now invested $115 mn in the National Stock Exchange for a 5% stake (See Related Post).

BSE seems to be in a hurry to find a strategic partner as soon as possible as it wants to complete its IPO before May 2007. A strategic partner is expected to give BSE a higher valuation. Going by the valuation that has NSE received for its stake sale to NYSE and other three foreign entities, it seems that BSE will get anywhere between $750 mn and $1 bn.

Currently, BSE senior management and merchant bankers are busy in fulfilling formalities related to finding a partner and filing a draft prospectus. BSE will also have to increase its capital base from the present Rs. 70 lakhs and is considering a bonus to meet the minimum capital requirements.

Read the article in Business Standard.

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