Friday, June 5, 2009

Tech Mahindra revises Satyam open offer dates

IT firm Tech Mahindra has extended the date for approaching the shareholders of Satyam Computer regarding its Rs 1,154 crore open offer for the purchase of a 20 per cent stake in the scam-hit firm, a move which that has come days after market regulator S EBI cleared the open offer.

In a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange, Satyam Computer said the last date by which letter of offer will be dispatched to the shareholders has been revised to June 9, from the earlier scheduled date of June 3.

Further, the last date of withdrawal by shareholders has also been revised to June 26, from the earlier June 27.

''Dates for all other activities of the schedule remain unchanged,'' the filing added. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) had received the open offer for its consideration on May 6, and issued its ''observations'' on May 27.

Through Venturbay Consultant, its acquisition vehicle for the Satyam Computer purchase, Tech Mahindra had announced an open offer on April 22 for buying an additional 20 per cent from the shareholders of the IT firm.

The open offer was made pursuant to Tech Mahindra buying a 31 per cent stake in Satyam for Rs 1,756 crore through the issue of preferential shares after an auction process conducted by the government-appointed board of Satyam.

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