Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Major financial houses in race to acquire UTI Securities stake

Major international financial powerhouses Citigroup, Macquarie Bank, Standard Chartered, Societe Generale and Kuwait-based Global Investment House are in the race to acquire 49% stake in UTI Securities. UTI Securities is currently owned by the Securities Trading Corporation of India (STCI).

STCI had bought 100% stake in UTI Securities for Rs. 265 crores in 2006 from the Specified Undertaking of UTI (SU-UTI). It is now looking to sell 49% stake to a strategic partner. As per the deal, STCI has a minimum lock-in of 51% stake in UTI Securities for three years, which will end in 2008.

The company will now divest 49% stake to a strategic partner, preferably a foreign investor, considering the expertise they would bring in. The talks were at an advanced stage and a prospective strategic partner would be short-listed soon.

Read more in the Business Standard article.

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