London/New Delhi: Sweetening its long pending offer, mining conglomerate Vedanta Resources will hike the total offer price for acquiring more stakes in Hindustan Zinc and Balco to nearly USD 4 billion (more than Rs 24,800 crore), 43 percent higher than its last year's proposal.
The London-listed group, headed by Anil Agarwal, has been in talks with the Indian government for more than two years to acquire the remaining stakes in Bharat Aluminium Company (Balco) and Hindustan Zinc.
Currently, Vedanta Resources has 64.9 percent stake in Hindustan Zinc and 51 percent in Balco.
The government currently holds 29.5 percent stake in Hindustan Zinc and 49 percent in Balco.
Vedanta, now, plans to acquire additional 29.5 percent in Hindustan Zinc for USD 3.482 billion (over Rs 21,600 crore) and 49 percent stake in Balco for USD 487 million (more than Rs 3,000 crore), according to Agarwal's letter to shareholders.
The entity would seek shareholders' approval for the revised proposal during their meeting on October 30 in London.
In January 2012, Vedanta had offered to acquire government's stake in Hindustan Zinc and Balco USD 2.938 billion and USD 338 million, respectively.
According to Vedanta, the current offer price is assumed on the spot exchange for Indian rupee of 62.1383 against the US dollar. The rate is as on October 13.
At this rate, the overall offer for Hindustan Zinc and Balco would be more than Rs 24,800 crore.
Till date, neither offer has been accepted by the government, which may determine to retain its interests or to seek to sell its interests to one or more third parties, the letter dated October 14 said.
"Accordingly, there is no certainty that the group will acquire all or any part of the Government of India's interests in Hindustan Zinc and/or Balco.
"If the entirety of the Government of India's interests are acquired, the group's interests in Hindustan Zinc and Balco would increase to 94.4 percent and 100 percent, respectively, and Vedanta's economic interests in Hindustan Zinc and Balco would increase to 55 percent and 58.3 percent, respectively," it noted.
First Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 23:50