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Vedanta Limited Shares Fall for Fourth Day, Hits 52-Week Low

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Vedanta Limited Shares Fall for Fourth Day, Hits 52-Week Low
Shares of Vedanta Limited fell over 3 per cent on Wednesday, extending their losses to the fourth day. The shares hit a new 52-week low Rs 173.10. A Press Trust of India report said that state insurer LIC has expressed concern over the Cairn merger deal. LIC is the second biggest shareholder in Cairn India after UK's Cairn Energy. LIC owns 9.06 per cent stake in Cairn India.

Anil Agarwal-promoted Vedanta Ltd on Sunday said it would merge its subsidiary Cairn India with itself. The deal needs the approval of majority of minority shareholders. Cairn India's annual general meeting will be held on July 21, where the shareholders will get a chance to vote on it. Vedanta almost holds 60 per cent stake in Cairn India.

As part of the merger deal, each Cairn India shareholder will be offered an equity share of Vedanta, besides a 7.5 per cent redeemable preference share having a face value of Rs 10.

(Read:Have Cairn Shareholders Got a Raw Deal from Vedanta? Analysts Divided)

Though the merger deal is seen positive for Vedanta, some analysts have expressed concern over the valuation of Cairn India. The Press Trust of India report quoting a source said LIC at a meeting with Cairn India officials expressed concerns around valuation and debt situation of the entity post-merger.

Cairn India has Rs 16,867 crore of cash on its books, while Vedanta has debt of Rs 37,636 crore. Meanwhile Anil Agarwal has ruled out Vedanta Ltd raising the offer to absorb the cash rich oil firm.

At 10:43 a.m., shares of Vedanta Ltd were down 2.8 per cent at Rs 173.50 as compared to 0.30 per cent gain in Sensex. Meanwhile, Cairn India shares were down 1.10 per cent.


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