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Essar Oil board okays delisting proposal

PTI New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018

Essar Oil board today agreed to its promoters’ proposal to de-list the company from Indian bourses.

After delisting Essar Energy plc from the London Stock Exchange (LSE), the Ruia-brothers controlled Essar Group on June 20 had announced its intention to de-list Essar Oil from Indian bourses.

Essar Oil in a statement said that its board of directors met today to consider the de-listing proposal.

It agreed “to consent to the de-listing proposal pursuant to and in accordance with Regulation 6(I)(e) of SEBI Delisting Regulation’’.

The board agreed to seek the consent of the shareholders for the de-listing proposal by way of postal ballot and e-voting.

In a notice to the Bombay Stock Exchange, Essar Oil said it had received a letter from its promoter, Essar Energy Holdings Ltd (EEHL), for voluntarily de-listing of the equity shares of the company from the BSE and National Stock Exchange by purchasing shares held by public.

Mumbai-based Essar Group wants to buy all the shares it does not already own in Essar Oil. Turning it private would give billionaire brothers Shashikant and Ravikant Ruia a free hand to revamp the companies.

Currently, the company’s public shareholders hold 137.123 million equity shares or 27.53 per cent. Ruia-brothers’ holding firm EEHL, a company incorporated in Mauritius, holds 71.22 per cent stake in Essar Oil.

The de-listing proposal, EEHL said, was as part of its business strategy of taking the entire hydrocarbon/energy business private (unlisted) following the delisting of shares of Essar Energy plc from LSE on June 10.

“EEHL believes that the company requires sustained, substantial investment to develop and grow its businesses (especially the refining and marketing business). Full ownership of the company will provide EEHL with increased operational/financial flexibility to support the company’s businesses and strategic needs,” the promoters said in the letter to Essar Oil.

The proposed de-listing was in furtherance of the strategic intent of the promoters to achieve greater flexibility for equity infusion into the company.

Published on June 22, 2014

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