L&T buys 73,953 shares of Mindtree, hikes shareholding to 26.53%

L&T Group Executive Chairman A M Naik.
Infrastructure major Larsen and Toubro (L&T) on Monday acquired 73,953 shares of Mindtree from open market, taking its shareholding in the IT services firm to 26.53 per cent, according to a regulatory filing.

"Larsen and Toubro Ltd has acquired 73,953 equity shares (with a face value of Rs 10 each) of Mindtree Ltd on May 20, 2019," a Mindtree filing said.

After the latest transaction, L&T's shareholding in Mindtree stands at 26.53 per cent. The latest stock purchase was made at Rs 979.99 apiece.

Earlier this month, L&T purchased around 20 per cent stake of V G Siddhartha and Cafe Coffee Day in Mindtree through a block deal for about Rs 3,210 crore, and has since topped that up with share purchases from open market.

On Friday, L&T had acquired 13,440 shares of Mindtree from the open market. In all, the infrastructure major is eyeing up to 66 per cent stake in Mindtree for around Rs 10,800 crore -- marking the country's first-ever hostile takeover bid in the information technology industry.

L&T had proposed to buy additional stake in Mindtree through an open offer that was slated to begin on May 14 and close on May 27. However, the open offer has been postponed as the engineering major is yet to get nod from the Securities and Exchange Board of India.

L&T Group Chairman A M Naik has said acquiring Mindtree is the topmost agenda for the company at the moment.

"...right now, our mind is completely occupied on Mindtree and I hope we will be able to eventually make this into a big company as well...We have got around 26 per cent stake in Mindtree and now we will wait till we get 51 per cent. The open offer will be launched in about 10-12 days time," he told PTI in an interview recently.

Shares of Mindtree ended at Rs 980.05 apiece on the BSE on Monday, 0.18 per cent higher than the previous closing. 

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