The promoter holding in the troubled air carrier Kingfisher Airlines has dropped to 47.28% -- slipping below the psychological level of 50% for the first time in about four years.
The promoter holding in the airline stood at 47.28% as on April 11, 2012, down from 50.20% at the end of last quarter ended March 31, 2012, as per its latest shareholding data filed with the stock exchanges today.
However, the promoters' holding has not declined because of any sale of shares by them in the airline, which is part of Vijay Mallya-led UB Group.
While the promoters continue to hold the same number of shares (about 29 crore), their holding has come down in percentage terms due to increase in Kingfisher's total number of shares, which in turn, has happened because of conversion of certain convertible bonds into equity.
As a result, the percentage holding of some non-promoter investors has also come down, which were not issued fresh shares in lieu of convertible bonds held by them.
The investors whose percentage holding has come down since March 31, 2012 include SBI (from 4.89% to 4.61%) ICICI Bank (from 2.9% to 2.73%), IDBI Bank (from 3.02% to 2.84%), Bank of Baroda (from 1.51% to 1.42%) and Uco Bank (from 1.21% to 1.14%).
After accounting for the convertible securities held by it, SBI's stake in the airline stands at 5.01%, while another lender ICICI Bank has nearly halved its stake since the beginning of 2012.
These banks were issued shares earlier in the airline, after a debt recast exercise that involved conversion of a part of debt into equity for its various lenders.
Burdened under a huge debt pile, Kingfisher has been flying through turbulent times for many months now and has seen a significant erosion of more than two-third in its market value in the past one year.
Its share price dipped nearly two percent today to close at Rs 15.15, after hitting an all-time low of Rs 13 two days before on April 25.
The enties whose stake has risen since March 31 include Star Investments (from 2.22% to 4.94%).
The company had disclosed earlier on April 24 a part- conversion of certain convertible debentures into equity shares, pursuant to which its total equity base had risen from Rs 61.32 crore to about Rs 67.54 crore.
Accordingly, the promoters' total holding of about 29 crore shares now account for about 47.28% stake, down from 50.2% as on March 31, 2012.
The promoters' overall stake in the airline had last stood below 50% level about four years ago on June 30, 2008.