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Cairn India completes merger with Vedanta to form $15.6 bn market cap entity

Oil producing major Cairn India has successfully merged with its parent Vedanta Ltd consolidating Vedanta's position as one of the world's largest diversified natural resources company.

BT Online | March 31, 2018 | Updated 21:09 IST
Cairn India completes merger with Vedanta to form $15.6 bn market cap entity

Oil producing major Cairn India has successfully merged with its parent Vedanta Ltd consolidating Vedanta's position as one of the world's largest diversified natural resources company.

"This merger consolidates Vedanta's position as one of the world's largest diversified natural resources companies, with world-class, low-cost assets in metals and mining and oil and gas," said a statement by the two firms.

The debt-ridden Vedanta absorbed its cash-rich subsidiary to form a merged entity with a market capitalisation of $ 15.6 billion and a higher free float of 49.9 per cent.

The two companies announced plans of the merger back in June 2016 that would help the metals and mining company Vedanta cut down its debt.

"We are pleased to have completed the Vedanta Ltd - Cairn India merger and are very excited about the future of the combined company. With world class assets in metals and mining and oil and gas, Vedanta will fuel India's economic growth and generate value for all stakeholders," said Navin Agarwal, Chairman of Vedanta Limited.

As per the deal, shareholders of Cairn India will get one equity share of Vedanta and four redeemable preference shares of face value Rs 10 and coupon 7.5 per cent, as against the proposal of one equity share and one preference share earlier.

Cairn India shareholders, who will become shareholders of Vedanta, would also receive an interim dividend of Rs 17.70 per equity share as approved by the Board of Vedanta on March 30, 2017.

The share swap will take place on April 27.

Additionally, no shares will be issued to Vedanta or any of its subsidiaries for their shareholding in Cairn India.

Vedanta will arrange for a third-party facility enabling a cash exit for Redeemable Preference Share (RPS) holders at par within 30 days from issuance.

Sudhir Mathur, Acting CEO of Cairn India, said the merger with Vedanta Ltd will de-risk Cairn India by providing access to a portfolio of diversified tier-I, low cost, long-life assets to deliver significant near term growth, while retaining the substantial upside from oil and gas business.

"Our continued focus to remain a low-cost operator with low leverage will provide us the financial flexibility throughout the cycle and help us create long term value for all stakeholders," said Tom Albanese, CEO of Vedanta Limited.

The merger, he said, will increase the appeal of Vedanta Ltd to global investors as it simplifies the structure and increases the size and free float of the company.

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