MAMPL exits DIAL, GMR airports acquires its 10% stake

GMR Airports, a subsidiary of GMR infrastructure, has acquired 10 percent additional stake from Malaysia Airports (Mauritius) Private Limited for a consideration of USD 80 million, raising its stake to 64 percent in Delhi International Airport Limited.

New Delhi: GMR Airports, a subsidiary of GMR infrastructure, has acquired 10 percent additional stake from Malaysia Airports (Mauritius) Private Limited for a consideration of USD 80 million, raising its stake to 64 percent in Delhi International Airport Limited.

With the offloading of its entire 10 percent holding to GMR Airports Limited (GAL) in Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), the Malaysian firm has exited the venture.

Earlier, GAL had said it would be purchasing the additional shareholding in DIAL for USD 79 million.

"Pursuant to the definitive agreement executed on March 24, 2015 and completion of all conditions precedent, GMR Airports Limited (GAL) has acquired 24,50,00,000 shares of face value of Rs 10 each, representing 10 percent equity stake in DIAL from Malaysia Airports (Mauritius) Private Limited (MAMPL) for a revised consideration of USD 80 million in line with the terms of the definitive agreements," the company said in a regulatory filing.

DIAL is a special purpose vehicle formed to carry out development, operation and management of Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, in which Airports Authority of India holds 26 percent stake. Besides, Fraport AG, which operates Frankfurt Airport, too holds 10 per stakes in the joint venture.

MAMPL is a subsidiary of Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MABH).

MAHB had in March said it was exiting DIAL, as a minority share did not give it any "influence" in the venture.

MAHB had recently realigned its investment objectives to focus more on investments in companies where it can exercise a significant degree of control.

"As the existing shareholders agreement restricts foreign ownership in DIAL to not more than 49 percent, MAHB is of the opinion that it would not be in a position to exert influence in DIAL unless it is able to own majority shareholdings in DIAL," MAHB had said.

Since April 10, 2006 till October 23, 2008, MAHB invested over USD 57.6 million by taking its total stake to 10 percent in DIAL.

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