Pantaloon Retail (India)’s board of directors approved a proposal to raise equity funds of up to Rs 1,500 crore. The board has told the company to restrict equity dilution to a maximum of 15%, and to limit its debt to equity ratio to 1.33 times. Pantaloon has postponed its annual general meeting from 22 October to 10 November, giving it time to seek permission for the equity issue from its shareholders in the AGM itself.
It seems to be the season of GDR issues, just like it was the season of ECBs (external commercial borrowings) and FCCBs (foreign currency convertible bonds) a few years ago. After Tata Steel and Suzlon Energy, Tata Power has announced its intention to raise $250mn or about Rs 1,200 crore through a GDR issue. It also has a green shoe option allowing it to retain a portion of the oversubscription. Continue Reading →
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Hindustan Construction Company will seek its board’s approval to raise long term funds to meet its capital expenditure and growth plans. The agenda for the April 24 board meet was to approve its financial results. It has been expanded now, and the board will also consider the company’s plan to raise funds through an equity issue, including a rights issue.