Telecom operator Bharti Airtel has raised Rs 1,925 crore (about $310 million) by selling nearly 3 percent stake in its tower unit – Bharti Infratel. Also Read - Reliance Jio vs Vi vs Airtel: Best 4GB daily data prepaid plans under Rs 600Also Read - Sardar Udham Released on Amazon Prime Video: How to watch Vicky Kaushal starrer for free
After divesting 55 million shares, the company’s equity holding in Bharti Infratel has come down to 71.9 percent from 74.85 percent at the end of December 2014. The proceeds will be primarily used to reduce debt. “An overall demand of $440 million (1.42 times of base deal size) across the US, Europe and Asia was seen. The allocation was at Rs 350 per share -? a discount of 3.7 percent to last 30 day average closing price,” Bharti Airtel said in a statement. “The allocation was done to global tower company investors, fund managers and long-only (long-term) funds, including many repeat investors,” it said. Also Read - CSK vs KKR IPL 2021 final match livestream today at 7:30PM: How to watch live for free online
Bharti Infratel shares closed 0.94 percent down at Rs 367.30 apiece on the BSE. On the other hand, Bharti Airtel stocks closed marginally higher by 0.47 percent at Rs 349.45 per scrip on the bourse. Bank of America Merrill Lynch and UBS were brokers to the transaction. According to sources, the operator is raising the amount as it prepares for the upcoming spectrum auction, scheduled to start from March 4. Bharti Airtel has deposited Rs 4,336 crore as the earnest money, which is the second highest after Reliance Jio Infocomm Rs 4,500 crore.
The government expects to raise over Rs 1 lakh crore from the spectrum auction.