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Infosys drops plan to sell Panaya, Skava as they failed to find any buyers

Infosys said upon de-classification, it has recognised additional depreciation and amortisation expenses of $12 million and a reduction of $65 million in the carrying value for Skava

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of Infosys is pictured inside the company's headquarters in Bengaluru | Photo: Reuters

has dropped plans to sell and two other subsidiaries and after it failed to find any potential buyers.

In April, had announced its plan to sell -- the Israeli firm whose acquisition became a contentious issue between the founders and the erstwhile management led by -- along with and It expected the sale to be completed by March 2019.

"During the quarter ended December 31, 2018, based on evaluation of proposals received and progress of negotiations with potential buyers, the company concluded that it is no longer highly probable that sale would be consummated by March 31, 2019," said in a regulatory filing.

Accordingly, and have been de-classified from "held for sale", it added.

Infosys now plans to re-purpose Skava's micro services-based business and re-focus Panaya's suite of products.

Infosys said upon de-classification, it has recognised additional depreciation and amortisation expenses of $12 million and a reduction of $65 million in the carrying value for Skava.

A whistleblower report in 2017 had alleged wrongdoings by Infosys and some officials in the $200 million acquisition of Israeli automation technology firm Panaya by the Bengaluru-based IT services firm.
 

An internal audit committee set up by Infosys found no evidence supporting the whistleblowers allegations.

However, Infosys founder had demanded that the full report by Gibson, and Crutcher on these whistleblower allegations be made public.

Later in October 2017, the Infosys board -- under its new chairman Nandan Nilekani -- gave a clean chit to the controversial Panaya acquisition, saying there was no merit in the allegations of wrongdoing.
 

It had also said that after a "careful re-consideration" it has concluded that putting out more details of the probe would "inhibit the company's ability to conduct effective investigations into any matter in the future".

Infosys, in its Friday filing, also said the board has approved divesting the entire minority investment made by Infosys in Vertex Ventures US Fund I, LP for a total consideration of about $5 million, subject to fulfilment of necessary closing conditions.

Infosys had invested in Vertex Ventures US Fund I, LP during financial year 2015.

First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 19:20 IST
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