Vedanta Resources PLC
01 June 2004
1st June 2004
Sterlite Industries (India) Limited - Rights Issue
Vedanta Resources plc ('Vedanta') is pleased to announce that the Securities and
Exchange Board of India ('SEBI') has approved the rights issue put forward by
Vedanta's Indian listed principal subsidiary, Sterlite Industries (India)
The Board of Sterlite met yesterday to finalise the terms of the rights issue
and has approached SEBI for approval of these terms.
It is proposed that one new share will be issued for every 2 existing shares, at
a price of INR 550. This will raise approximately INR 19,500 million (circa
US$430 m)for Sterlite.
The price of INR 550 compares to a three-month average of INR 504.
Vedanta will fully support the issue of new Sterlite shares and has undertaken
to take up its entire pro-rata entitlement under the rights issue.
This initiative will advance Vedanta's stated strategy of applying the proceeds
raised in the London listing to fund its US$2 billion investment programme and
of releasing value contained in the current group ownership structure.
Peter Sydney-Smith, Vedanta's Finance Director, said:
'We will fully support the rights issue and believe it is very attractive for
shareholders. It follows our stated strategy of consolidating our ownership of
group companies and enables us to fund some of the group's major capital
projects with the proceeds of our London listing.'
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For further information, please contact:
John Smelt, Head of Investor Relations Tel: +44 20 7629 6070
Peter Sydney-Smith, Finance Director
Vedanta Resources plc
James Murgatroyd Tel: +44 20 7251 3801
Notes to Editor
Vedanta is a diversified metals and mining group with zinc, copper and aluminium
operations in India and two copper mines in Australia.
Vedanta holds its interests in these operations through two Indian-listed
subsidiaries, Sterlite and the Madras Aluminium Company ('Malco').
Sterlite is Vedanta's principal subsidiary and is currently listed on the Bombay
Stock Exchange. Vedanta, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, currently owns
62.4 per cent. of the issued share capital of Sterlite. In addition, Malco owns
a further 7.13 per cent. of Sterlite. As a result, Vedanta currently has an
effective interest of 68.1 per cent. in Sterlite.
Vedanta's copper operations are owned and operated by Sterlite. Sterlite also
holds a 64.9% stake in the group's zinc business, Hindustan Zinc Ltd ('HZL'),
and 51% of the Bharat Aluminium Company ('Balco').
When Vedanta listed on the London Stock Exchange in December 2003, one of its
principal stated strategies was to consolidate its group structure by increasing
its direct ownership in the Group's underlying businesses. At that time, Vedanta
had a direct holding in Sterlite of 55.1 per cent. and as a result of Vedanta's
80 per cent. holding in Malco, which in turn holds 7.1 per cent. of Sterlite,
had an effective interest of 60.8 per cent in Sterlite. Since then a number of
initiatives have been pursued to implement this strategy.
These initiatives have included:
• The acquisition in November 2003 of a further 18.9 per cent. of the
issued share capital of HZL from the Government of India for a total
consideration of INR3,238 million (US$71.6 million), increasing Sterlite's
holding in HZL to 64.9 per cent.
• The acquisition on 6 January 2004 of 4.98 per cent. of the issued share
capital of Sterlite from SEWT for a consideration of INR739 per share
(after adjusting for the one to one bonus share issue made by Sterlite at
the end of January 2004). The total consideration for this acquisition was
INR2,644 million (US$58 million).
• The acquisition announced on 14 April 2004 of 2.4 per cent. of the
issued share capital of Sterlite from the SEWT by Twin Star for a
consideration of INR550 per share. The total consideration for this
acquisition was INR936 million (US$21.4 million).
Furthermore, the announced rights issue could result in an increase of Vedanta's
interest in Sterlite.
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