Shares of Reliance Communications today rose nearly 3 percent after the company said it’s in talks to buy Russia-based Sistema’s Indian arm to consolidate its position as the nation’s fourth-largest telecom player. The stock moved up 2.97 percent to Rs 60.60 on BSE. Also Read - RCom to go for insolvency resolution process after failure to repay debtAlso Read - Reliance Communications completes sale of fibre assets to Reliance Jio
On NSE, shares of RCom gained 2.88 percent to Rs 60.55. RCom will offer shares in the company to Sistema Shyam TeleServices (SSTL) in return for acquiring spectrum and customers in nine telecom circles or service zones. “Reliance Communications and AFK Sistema have entered into exclusive discussions on a potential merger between the Indian telecom business of Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd and RCom through a stock swap,” RCom had said in a statement yesterday. Also Read - Reliance Communications is selling more bands to Jio to put off debts
According to industry sources involved in the deal, SSTL is pushing to have about 10 percent stake in the resultant entity while RCom wants to settle it at around 7-8 percent.