Indian conglomerate Larsen & Toubro Ltd would spend up to Rs 70 billion ($1.02 billion) in a hostile bid to buy IT services company Mindtree Ltd, the Times of India (TOI) reported citing sources directly involved with the matter.
L&T will buy out Mindtree's largest shareholder VG Siddhartha and companies in which he is a promoter, following which an open offer will be sent to the public shareholders of Mindtree, according to the report published on Monday.
The A M Naik-helmed L&T is buying Siddhartha's nearly 21 per cent stake for over Rs 30 billion, at 981 rupees a share, which will make it Mindtree's largest shareholder. Following this, L&T will trigger an open offer for another 26 per cent from public shareholders, the report said.
Siddhartha, who is a promoter of Coffee Day Enterprises Ltd and Coffee Day Trading Ltd, holds a 3.33 per cent stake in Mindtree as of December-end, BSE data showed. Coffee Day Enterprises and Coffee Day Trading carry a combined 17.08 per cent stake in Mindtree.
Mindtree was not immediately available for a comment while L&T said they did not comment on market speculations.
L&T was down 0.7 per cent, while Mindtree rose 1.2 per cent as of 0606 GMT.