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WWIL to raise Rs 3.24 bn via warrants to promoter firms

MUMBAI: Siti Cable Network Ltd, formerly Wire and Wireless (India) Ltd, is raising Rs 3.24 billion from promoter firms to cut its debt and fund digitisation.


The company has received shareholders' approval for issue of warrants convertible into equity shares to overseas promoter group companies Essel International Ltd and Essel Media Ventures Ltd.


The Subhash Chandra-promoted multi-system operator (MSO) has a debt of Rs 4.5 billion.


The funds will also be for acquisition of MSOs, local cable operators (LCOs) and to meet the working capital requirements.


Essel International and Essel Media will invest the amount in tranches with the first tranche being 25 per cent of the issue price on allotment of warrants on a preferential basis. The balance amount will have to be paid by the two promoter companies within 18 months from the allotment of the warrants.


Siti Cable will issue 16,20,00,000 warrants convertible into equivalent number of equity shares at a price of Rs 20 per warrant. The shares of the company closed at Rs 20.55 per share, down 2.38 per cent, at close on Friday on the Bombay Stock Exchange.


The combined shareholding of Essel International and Essel Media will rise to 29.99 per cent after the two companies pay the full price of the warrants and convert them into shares, from the current 4.90 per cent. Simultaneously, the shareholding of other promoters (which includes Bioscope Cinemas Pvt Ltd with 57.95 per cent stake) will after the conversion of the warrants, fall to 43.09 per cent from 58.53 per cent. Essel Media currently has 3.63 per cent stake and Essel International 1.27 per cent.


The total promoter shareholding after conversion of all the warrants will rise to 73.08 per cent from 63.43 per cent now and that of the public will drop to 26.92 per cent from 36.57 per cent.


The price of the warrants is at a premium of 10 per cent over the price arrived at on the basis of SEBI regulations.


The company has filed for approval of the warrant issue with the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) as the two promoter group companies are registered overseas.


The name of the company was changed to Siti Cable Network Ltd following a fresh certificate of registration based on a special resolution passed by the shareholders on 30 August 2012.


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