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Essel promoter entities sell shares worth over Rs 1,050 cr in 6 listed cos

Essel group raised the largest amount of Rs 874.11 crore through sale of stake in its flagship firm Zee Entertainment Enterprises

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Essel Group's logo (Source: Wikipedia)
Essel Group's logo (Source: Wikipedia)

Essel group's promoter entities have sold shares worth over Rs 1,050 crore in six listed group firms in the open market between January 25 and February 1, 2019.

According to multiple regulatory filings by different promoter group entities of Essel group, shares of Zee Entertainment Enterprises, Dish TV, Zee Media Corporation, Ltd and were sold in open market.

raised the largest amount of Rs 874.11 crore through sale of stake in its flagship firm by its promoter entities and LLP selling 1.69 per cent and 0.85 per cent stake respectively between January 25 to February 1, 2019.

Other promoter group firms (0.86 per cent), (0.80 per cent) and Veena Investments Pvt Ltd (0.35 per cent) sold shares worth Rs 97.34 crore in during the period.

In Zee Media Corporation, ARM Infra & Utilities Pvt Ltd (2.38 per cent) and (3.09 per cent) sold shares worth Rs 45.05 crore.

ARM Infra & Utilities Pvt Ltd (1.41 per cent) and (3.09 per cent) sold shares worth Rs 2.90 crore in Diligent Media Corporation Ltd.

sold 4.50 per cent stake in for Rs 28.88 crore on January 28.

sold 0.34 per cent stake in for Rs 2.92 crore in open market.

Transaction value have been calculated based on weighted average price of the stock on the day of sale and the number of shares sold.

A query sent to the seeking reasons for the open market sale of shares did not elicit any response till the time of filing of this report.

On Sunday, the said it had sealed a formal agreement with its lenders, under which it gets time till September to deleverage or pare its debt.

The agreement was with those lenders who have taken pledged shares of the group flagship and listed entities, and India.

On January 25, 2019, Essel group had come under massive selling pressure, plummeting up to 33 per cent, and suffered a combined erosion of Rs 13,352 crore in market valuation.

On January 26, Essel Group had said his company is in a financial mess and has blamed the same for the aggressive bets on infra, which has gone out of control since the IL&FS crisis and also the acquisition of Videocon's D2H business.

Apologising to lenders, Chandra also alleged that some negative forces are out to sabotage his efforts to raise money through a strategic sale in the flagship company

First Published: Mon, February 04 2019. 17:40 IST
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