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Monday 27 June, 2011

Vedanta Resources

Proposed Acquisition of stake in Cairn India

RNS Number : 2039J
Vedanta Resources PLC
27 June 2011

27 June 2011


     Proposed Acquisition of controlling stake in Cairn India Limited

Vedanta Resources Plc ("Vedanta" or the "Company") and Cairn Energy Plc ("Cairn Energy") have agreed to certain adjustments to the Sale and Purchase agreement for the purchase of a stake in Cairn India Limited ("Cairn India") from Cairn Energy.

Vedanta and Cairn Energy have agreed to remove the non-compete provision and related non-compete fee of Rs. 50 per share. The total consideration payable for the 40% stake in Cairn India will now be reduced from US$6,651 million to US$6,023 million.

Vedanta and Cairn Energy have also agreed that completion of the Transaction will take place in two tranches. Vedanta will acquire a 10% stake in Cairn India on or before 11th July 2011. Following this, the Vedanta Group will hold a stake of 28.5% in Cairn India in aggregate (including the acquisition of a 10.4 per cent stake from Petronas and 8.1% stake acquired in the open offer). Cairn Energy will continue to hold a controlling stake of 52.2%. The acquisition of the remaining 30% stake by Vedanta is subject to necessary consents and approvals from the Government of India.

Anil Agarwal, Executive Chairman of Vedanta said:

"Vedanta believes this initial 10% purchase is a further demonstration of its commitment to India. We look forward to the successful completion of the proposed transaction"

A further announcement will be made in due course.



Ashwin Bajaj

Senior Vice President - Investor Relations

Vedanta Resources plc

Tel: +44 20 7659 4732 / +91 22 6646 1531


Gordon Simpson

Faeth Birch




Tel: +44 20 7251 3801


About Vedanta Resources plc

Vedanta Resources plc ("Vedanta") is a London listed FTSE 100 diversified metals and mining major. The group produces aluminium, copper, zinc, lead, silver, iron ore and commercial energy. Vedanta has operations in India, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Ireland and Australia and a strong organic growth pipeline of projects. With an empowered talent pool of 31,000 employees globally, Vedanta places strong emphasis on partnering with all its stakeholders based on the core values of entrepreneurship, excellence, trust, inclusiveness and growth. For more information, please visit:



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