Friday, March 9, 2007

Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, Actis buy 6% in NSE

Global banks Morgan Stanley and Citigroup and private equity firm Actis today collectively bought a 6% stake in the National Stock Exchange (NSE) for an undisclosed sum. The stake sale takes the combined foreign direct investment in the NSE to 26%, the maximum limit for foreign ownership in domestic stock exchanges. Morgan Stanley will buy 3% in the NSE, while Citigroup and Actis will acquire 2% and 1%, respectively.

Domestic financial institutions IDBI (2%), State Bank of India (1.5%), SBI Capital Markets (0.50%), Corporation Bank (0.265%), Union Bank of India (0.125%), Bank of Baroda (0.89%), Canara Bank (0.385%) and Oriental Bank of Commerce (0.335%) are selling their stakes to the three new investors.

Early this year, the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and three global financial institutions, General Atlantic, Goldman Sachs and Softbank Asian Infrastructure Fund, bought 20% in NSE, valuing the exchange at $2.3 bn. NYSE had paid $115 mn for its 5% stake. Recently, Germany’s Deutsche Boerse and Singapore Exchange (SGX) bought 5% stake each in the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) for just over $ 42 mn. Yesterday, it was reported that the Calcutta Stock Exchange also plans to sell a 51% stake and has invited bids from investors and strategic partners, in keeping with Indian regulations that require broker-owned exchanges to reduce the stake held by members to 49%, in a bid to make exchanges professionally run. PricewaterhouseCoopers is the advisor to the proposed sale.

Read the Business Standard article.
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