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Manipal-TPG sweetens Fortis bid; asks board to reconsider decision on Munjal-Burman offer

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

In yet another twist in the ongoing race for Fortis, Manipal-combine today revised their offer for the chain with a proposal to invest in the company at Rs 180 per share, thereby increasing valuation of the company to Rs 9,403 crore.

Having lost out to the Munjal-Burmans combine last week, Manipal-which was the first to make a binding offer, also asked the board of Healthcare Ltd (FHL) to reconsider its decision of recommending the same to the shareholders of the company.

In a regulatory filing, FHL said it has received revised offer from Manipal and with a proposal to invest in the company, while making public a letter sent by (MHEPL) to the board.

"For purposes of the merger, a value of Rs 9,403 crore shall be attributed to FHL and a value of Rs 6,070 crore shall be attributed to MHEPL as had been originally determined by the independent valuers of for the purpose of the transaction," MHEPL said in its letter presenting the revised offer.

It further said, "The preferential allotment shall be undertaken at a price of Rs 180 per share."

MHEPL claimed that its modified new offer "is significantly better than any other offer/bid FHL has received to date, including the offer".

Four days after FHL board decided to go with the Rs 1,800 crore offer from Munjal-Burmans combined, Manipal said the winning bid did not address the host of issues which are plaguing the

"...unlike our offer, the offer only partially solves the short-term liquidity concerns of FHL and fails to deliver any long-term benefits to FHL or solve the larger issues facing FHL," Manipal said.

The issues include FHL's payment obligations for the acquisition of the relevant Indian entities from RHT and the exit required to be provided by FHL to the private equity investors in SRL, it added.

Stating that Manipal-TPG have been following the developments of the past few days after the announcement by FHL and as reported in media there has been negative reaction of FHL shareholders to the decision of the FHL board to accept the offer, the letter said.

"In light of this procuring the approval of 75 per cent of FHL shareholders for the offer is likely to be very challenging for the FHL board," Manipal said, adding its modified new offer is binding in its entirety and is valid till May 29.

Comments from Munjal-Burmans combine could not be immediately obtained.

Asking the board of FHL refer their "modified offer" to the company's shareholders, MHEPL said, "We request the board to reconsider its decision to refer the offer to the shareholders."

Earlier on May 6, Manipal Health Enterprises had revised yet again its offer for Ltd (FHL), raising the value to Rs 8,358 crore. It offered subscribe preferential allotment for Rs 2,100 crore translating its proposed investment at Rs 160 per equity share.

The consortium had initially valued the hospital business of the healthcare chain at Rs 5,003 crore in its offer on March 27.

As many as five suitors were in the race for Fortis but after the company's board decided to evaluate only binding offers, Malaysia's IHH Healthcare Berhad, Munjal-Burmans, Manipal-TPG and KKR-backed Radiant Life Care put in their bids.

The fifth bidder, Fosun Health Holdings, an arm of Fosun International, which made a non-binding proposal to invest a total of USD 350 million (over Rs 2,295 crore) at a price up to Rs 156 per share, had not revised its offer.

The Munjals and Burmans were chosen by the Fortis board on May 10 for their revised offer which proposed to increase their investment to Rs 1,800 crore, without any due diligence, from a previously revised offer of Rs 1,500 crore.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 21:45 IST