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India’s United Spirits to Sell New Shares to Cut its Debt :)

India's United Spirits set to sell new shares to institutions to help cut its debt

India's United Spirits set to sell new shares to institutions to help cut its debt

India’s United Spirits is set to sell new shares worth about $300-350 million to institutions to help cut its debt, after efforts to sell a stake to private equity firms and Diageo failed.

The world’s third-largest spirits maker by volume is set to place the shares with institutions (QIPs) as early as this week, three sources with direct knowledge of the deal said.

“The market is good enough for a share sale. Why opt for a PE firm that buys at the same price and adds little value otherwise,” one source said.

United Spirits has debt of 65 billion rupees ($1.4 billion), which it took partly to fund the acquisition of scotch whisky maker Whyte & Mackay, and has said it aims to cut this to 40 billion rupees by the end of March 2010.

Chairman Mallya said in early September he planned to cut the firm’s debt by end October.

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In June, United Spirits sold treasury stock, carried on its books from past mergers and acquisitions, at an average 900 rupees a share to raise about $186 million, which it used to repay some of its loans.

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It still has over 8 million shares of treasury stock which it can sell or issue fresh ones.

Sources said United Spirits would opt for the latter. It got shareholders approval last month to raise up to $350 million.

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“Private equity investments through preferential allotment have a lock-in of one year, there’s more due-diligence involved and they also look for board seats,” said Jagannadham Thunuguntla, equity head of investment bank SMC Capitals.

“Institutional investors coming through the QIP route have no such hassles, it is also faster,” he added.

United Spirits’ loss-making group firm and airline operator Kingfisher Airlines which is also looking to raise funds, could be a possible factor in PE firms being hesitant to invest in the company.

United Spirits has pledged shares to secure loans for Kingfisher Airlines.

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Valuation, a major reason for the break-down of talks between it and Diageo is another factor to watch out for as its margins come under pressure from a rise in molasses prices due to the poor sugarcane crop, analysts said.

Shares of United Spirits, valued at $2.1 billion, have risen just 3.3 percent so far this year compared to a 76 percent rise in the main index.

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Movers and Shakers of Today’s Market : 22nd AuG,2009 :)

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MOvers and Shakers

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Here we present you with the data of Top Gainers and Losers in BSE Index and NSE Nifty for today.

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Top Gainers shows the list of stocks that have gained the most (% terms) compared to their last closing prices. πŸ™‚

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Top Losers shows the list of stocks that have lost the most (% terms) compared to their last closing prices.

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1. Top Gainers in Sensex

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Top Gainers Sensex

2. Top Losers in Sensex

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Top Losers Sensex

3. Top Gainers in Nifty

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Top Gainers

4. Top Losers in Nifty

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Top Losers Nifty


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Top Gainers shows the list of stocks that have gained the most (% terms) compared to their last closing prices. πŸ™‚

Top Losers shows the list of stocks that have lost the most (% terms) compared to their last closing prices. 😦

Institutional Investors have become more sceptical in committing funds!

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Private equity firms are becoming cautious about making fresh investments in India with less funds flowing into this segment as institutional investors have become more skeptical in committing funds without thorough research, experts says.

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The rush for PE investments into India has slowdown a bit at present.

Managers are studying the companies more carefully before making any new investment commitment as of now.

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PE funds investing in India has turned cautious and limited partner or the part owners of funds are raising questions over the intent of the investment owing to the fact that global PE fund dipped to record lows during the second quarter of 2009.

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“Limited partners or institutional investors are increasingly becoming sceptical about their investment decisions and are questioning the intent of the General Partners,” SMC Capitals Equity Head Jagnnadham Thunuguntla said.

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PE funds are now preferring to liquidate their stake asΒ Β  capital market sentiment is improved.

The degree of scepticisim in the Indian Market has reduced to what it was few months back.

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However, with the capital market boom, PE funds are now preferring to exit via open market transactions,” Thunuguntla added.

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However, India is among the few markets wherein the PE firms are still looking at investments in times of downturn, though cautiously.

During second quarter 2009, globally 89 private equity funds reached a final close securing $79.7 billion among them. as per the latest survey.

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“The capital market bounce starting April 2009 has seen several PE (Private Equity) funds selling their investments in the open market.

The recent market bounce has given a fresh breather of life for several PE investments with impressive recovery of losses,” Thunuguntla said.

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Private equity firms are becoming cautious about making fresh investments in India with less funds flowing into this segment as institutional investors have become more sceptical in committing funds without thorough research, experts says.