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Vinod Khosla, Marubeni to buy stake in Praj Inds

Our Regional Bureau  |  Mumbai/ Pune 

NRI investor and venture capitalist and will pick up equity in Pune-based Praj Industries.
Praj will allot to Khosla 16,22,250 equity shares of Rs 2 each at a for Rs 120.25 per share and 6,489,000 warrants which are convertible into equity shares of Rs 2 each within 18 months at Rs 120.25 per warrant. Marubeni Corporation will be alloted 8,11,125 equity shares of Rs 2 each at Rs 120.25 each.
Praj Chairman said Khosla was taking a keen interest in developing ethanol industry in United States while Marubeni Corporation has interest in turnkey Projects, ethanol trading and investment in ethanol plants.
Promoters and directors of the company have also agreed to participate in the preferential issue of equity shares to the extent of 8,11,125 warrants which are convertible into equity shares of Rs 2 each within the statutory period of 18 months.
Chaudhari said the objective of the preferential issue is to raise resources for substantially expanding the R&D facilities of the Company as also to facilitate the entry of investors of repute like who is currently spearheading a campaign in the US to promote enhanced use of ethanol, and to establish closer links with one of the world's top conglomerates,Marubeni Corporation.
To facilitate the investments from Khosla and Marubeni, the company's authorised capital will be increased from Rs 18 crore to Rs 27 crore. The company will seek shareholder approval to these decisions in an extra ordinary general meeting which will be held May 2, 2006.

First Published: Tue, April 11 2006. 00:00 IST
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