Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Malaysian government investment arm acquires 9% in IDFC for Rs. 848 crores

Khazanah Nasional Berhad has acquired 8.97% stake in Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC), a specialized financial intermediary for infrastructure, for Rs. 848.16 crores. Khazanah Nasional is the investment holding arm of the Malaysian Government entrusted to manage the commercial assets held by the Government and to undertake strategic investments. Khazanah was incorporated in 1993 as a public limited company and commenced operations a year later.

Khazanah Nasional Berhad, through Sipadan Investments, acquired around 100.9 mn shares at a price of Rs. 84 each from UBS Securities Asia who sold the shares on behalf of Mauritius based Swiss Finance Corporation. As per the latest shareholding data available on the stock exchanges, Swiss Finance Corporation previously held 101.3 crore shares representing 9% stake in IDFC. Other foreign investors, who hold significant stakes in IDFC, are Indivest Private (3.79%), Nikko Cordial Corporation (2.49%), Morgan Stanley (3.62%), Goldman Sachs (3.73%) and Barclays Capital (4.96%).

Read the article in The Economic Times article.

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