Thursday, April 19, 2007

Navis Capital Partners approach Pritish Nandy for buying stake in his company

Pritish Nandy Communications (PNC) is considering to offer a small stake in the company to private equity (PE) funds . Navis Capital Partners is among the firms that has approached Mr Nandy. KPMG is handling the valuation and the due diligence process that is likely to get over in the next 3-4 weeks.

PNC is looking to release a slate of six movies this year, and is hoping to ramp up its production to about 10 movies annually in the next couple of years. The company is also eyeing the new media space, to look at alternate revenue streams via internet, mobile phones and cable television.

Navis Capital is a Malaysia-based PE player founded in 1998 to make investments in buyouts, recapitalisations and financial restructuring in Asia. The firm focuses on enterprises in Asia, particularly South and Southeast Asia. The firm manages approximately $ 1.5 billion in capital commitments.

PNC has just finished a qualified institutional placement (QIP) that saw the promoter’s stake falling from 41% to 30%. According to PNC’s latest shareholding pattern, Mr Nandy holds 21.79% while his wife holds around 4.32%. His daughters collectively hold less than 1%. Among the non-promoters, some firms from Mauritius hold nearly 7% in the company.

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