Thursday, February 1, 2007

Actis hikes open offer for Phoenix Lamps to Rs. 190

Business Standard reports that PE fund Actis has decided to increase the open offer price for Phoenix Lamps by 25% to Rs. 190 a share, following a directive by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). The revised open will open on February 5 and close on February 24.

The mandatory 20% open offer was triggered after Actis bought the entire 37% stake in Phoenix Lamps from its promoters, the Gupta family, last year. The open offer was priced at Rs. 152 a share and was supposed to open on August 31 and close on September 19. Yes Bank was the adviser to Actis for the offer. Actis had agreed to pay Rs. 190 a share to the Guptas, 25% higher than the price of the open offer on account of non-compete fees. However, market regulator SEBI did not agree to this argument. Actis will now make the open offer at Rs. 190 to buy the shares of the remaining shareholders.

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