VTB Group acquires rights to sell 10.71% stake in ZEEL to recover loan

Topics VTB | ZEEL

Zee Entertainment Enterprise Ltd (ZEEL) on Wednesday said VTB Capital PLC, the investment management arm of Russia-based state-run financial services giant VTB Group, has acquired rights to sell 10.71 per cent equity held by Essel Media Ventures in the company.

Confirming media reports, ZEEL in a regulatory filing said VTB Capital Plc has secured the right to potentially monetise 10.28 crore shares of the company held by its promoter Essel Media Ventures.

"Pursuant to its right under the loan facility and upon instruction from the lenders VTBC has acquired the right to direct the disposal of 10.71 per cent stake in the target company held by Essel Media Ventures Ltd on October 11, 2019 and this disclosure is being made accordingly," ZEEL said in the filing.

However, it added that the "said shares continue to be held by their current holder", which is Essel Media Ventures.

Essel Media Venture had created pledge on 10.71 per cent stake in favour of VTB Capital in 2017.

As on September 2019, promoters had 22.37 per cent stake in ZEEL, with the rest 77.63 per cent being held by the public.

The Subhash Chandra-led Essel Group, which is facing a debt of over Rs 11,000 crore, had on September 19 said it has secured a six-month extension from local lenders, including mutual funds, to repay debt.

The debt-ridden Essel Group had on earlier on July 31 this year announced to sell 11 per cent promoter stake in ZEEL to Invesco Oppenheimer for Rs 4,224 crore.

Later on September 10, Essel Group announced completion of the first tranche of ZEEL stake sale (8.7 per cent) to Invesco Oppenheimer Developing Markets Fund.

Sale process for the remaining 2.3 per cent stake is yet to be completed.

Essel Group had also said it was working actively on further divestments, including its non-media assets.



Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.

We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

Business Standard is now on Telegram.
For insightful reports and views on business, markets, politics and other issues, subscribe to our official Telegram channel