Metals and mining conglomerate Vedanta Resources, which has a sizable presence in India in oil and gas, aluminium, iron ore and zinc sectors, has slashed nearly 4,000 direct and indirect jobs in the country since January this year.
In June, India's largest private miner Vedanta Ltd had announced it will absorb oil firm Cairn India in a USD 2.3 billion all-share deal to create the country's largest diversified natural resources firm.
As the government grapples with its arbitration notice against a Rs 10,247 crore tax demand, British oil explorer Cairn Energy has said a quick judicial resolution to the issue will help restore confidence of retrospective tax-rattled international investors.
Mining and energy group Vedanta Limited said on Thursday its offer to buy out minority investors in Cairn India was fair, dismissing reports that opposition from some small shareholders, including former owner Cairn Energy , could scupper the deal.
Minority shareholders of Cairn India Tuesday raised concern over the company not getting a "fair valuation" in the USD 2.3 billion all-share merger with parent Vedanta Ltd and use of its over Rs 24,000 crore of cash pile.
Shareholders in Cairn India, the country`s largest private sector crude oil producer, are to get one share in mining giant Vedanta and one redeemable preference share under a $2.3 billion deal to buy out minorities announced in June.
Vedanta Limited, which has managed to retain 80 per cent of its earlier mining capacity in Goa after state government's renewal of the leases, is now looking to regain the lost market share, a senior official said.
Listing the positives of the proposed merger of Cairn India with his Vedanta Ltd, its chairman Naveen Agarwal said that the move would not only strengthen the company`s cash-flows but also allow Cairn India`s shareholders to get access to Vedanta`s well invested metals and mining assets which have low cost and long life.