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Satyam divests stake in Sify for $ 62.62 million

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MUMBAI: Satyam Computer Services Ltd has divested its existing holding of 11,182,600 equity shares of Rs 10 each in Sify Ltd., represented by ADS, to Infinity Capital Ventures LP, a firm controlled by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Raju Vegesna.

The sale was concluded at a price of $ 5.60 per ADSs. The ADSs are priced at a premium by about 7.5 per cent over one month's daily average price as quoted on Nasdaq market, where Sify's ADSs are listed and traded.

Consequent to this transaction, Satyam realised a gross consideration of about $ 62.62 million subject to transaction expenses and tax on capital gains.

DSP Merrill Lynch was the advisor to Satyam on the sale of ADSs, while ICICI Securities was the arranger to Sify's sponsored ADS programme.

Satyam's divestiture is in line with its stated objective to emerge as pure play IT services and solutions company. With the consummation of this transaction, Satyam has ceased to be a shareholder of Sify, a company that it formed in December 1995, as a strategy to foray into allied businesses and to create long term business and investment value.

As against its original investment of $ 5 million in Sify in 1995, Satyam has received a total gross consideration of about $117 million till date, making it a highly successful and value creating investment for Satyam's shareholders.

Commenting on the transaction Satyam Computer Services Ltd chairman B Ramalinga Raju said, "The move would enable Satyam to further focus on its core business and unlock value of its investment. Leveraging Satyam's brand and committed support, Sify has emerged as a strong player in the data and network space in India. I am sure that Sify's management team will continue to scale up Sify's growth with the active support of the new investor."

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