ITC Shares Jump Nearly 9%; Mcap Soars By ₹32,127 Cr Amid Stake Sale Reports

ITC Shares Jump Nearly 9%; Mcap Soars By ₹32,127 Cr Amid Stake Sale Reports

British multinational BAT PLC on Tuesday said it plans to sell up to 3.5 per cent stake in India's ITC Ltd to institutional investors through a block trade.

PTIUpdated: Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 12:36 PM IST
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ITC Shares Jump Nearly 9%; Mcap Soars By ₹ 32,127 Cr | PTI

Shares of ITC were in the limelight on Wednesday, climbing nearly 9 per cent and adding Rs 32,127.11 crore to its market valuation, amid stake sale news.

The stock zoomed 8.59 per cent to Rs 439 on the BSE.

Shares of the company jumped 8.29 per cent to Rs 438 on the NSE.

The company's market capitalisation (mcap) soared by Rs 32,127.11 crore to Rs 5,36,453.59 in the morning trade.

It was the biggest gainer among the BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty firms.

BAT to sell 3.5% shares in ITC

British multinational BAT PLC on Tuesday said it plans to sell up to 3.5 per cent stake in India's ITC Ltd to institutional investors through a block trade.

In a statement, British American Tobacco PLC (BAT), the single largest shareholder in ITC Ltd (ITC), said its wholly-owned subsidiary Tobacco Manufacturers (India) Ltd (TMI) intends to sell up to 43,68,51,457 ordinary shares in the Indian diversified entity to institutional investors by way of an accelerated bookbuild process (block trade), subject to customary closing conditions.

Based on Tuesday's closing price of Rs 404.25 per share, the value of the total ITC shares planned to be sold by BAT is around Rs 17,659.72 crore.

"The block trade shares represent up to 3.5 per cent of ITC's issued ordinary share capital," it said, adding, that following the completion of the proposed block trade, BAT will remain a significant shareholder of ITC, with 25.5 per cent holding.

BAT's initial investment in ITC dates back to the early 1900s and the two companies have a longstanding, mutually beneficial relationship, the statement said.

The company said it intends to use the net proceeds of the block trade to buy back BAT shares over a period ending December 2025, starting with 700 million pound in 2024.

It will also continue to allocate operating cash flow to fund investment in its transformation and to further deleverage.

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