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Zee stake at 73% after ETC allots preferential shares

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ETC Networks Ltd has received a welcome cash infusion after its board yesterday approved the preferential allotment of slightly over 2.2 million equity shares to Subhash Chandra's Zee Telefilms Limited for about Rs 70 million.

This latest transaction takes Zee's stake in ETC to 73.35 per cent in the immediate term. The cash inflow is likely to be used to finance any further expansion plans that ETC may have.

A total of 2,220,812 shares were alloted at Rs 31.52 per Rs 10 share for just under Rs 70 million (Rs 69,999,994 to be exact) and ETC convened an extraordinary general body meeting (EGM) today to obtain shareholders' approval.

It was last Monday that Zee took a controlling stake in ETC by mopping up 48.32 per cent of the company's issued subscribed share capital for Rs 178.4 million. This was followed up last Wednesday by Zee announcing its open offer for 2,339,900 shares to acquire an additional 20 per cent equity stake of ETC Networks at Rs 31.52 per share.

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