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Patanjali Foods promoters to dilute 6% share to meet minimum shareholding norms

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At present the public shareholding in Patanjali Foods Ltd. stands at 19.18%, which needs to be increased to a minimum of 25%

New Delhi: Patanjali Foods on Wednesday said its promoters plan to sell shares to institutional investors in June for dilution of a 6% stake to meet minimum public shareholding norms of 25%.

Patanjali Foods Ltd (PFL), erstwhile Ruchi Soya Industries, was acquired in September 2019 by Baba Ramdev-led Patanjali Group through a corporate insolvency resolution process.

In an interview with PTI, Ramdev said: “We are planning to meet the minimum shareholding norms as prescribed by the market regulator SEBI.”

He further said that the company is targeting to dilute around 6% stake in June through Qualified Institutions Placement (QIP) and Offer for Sale (OFS).

“We have already started roadshow from Wednesday and there is a great interest from global investors,” Ramdev said.

At present the public shareholding in PFL stands at 19.18%, which needs to be increased to a minimum of 25%.

Rule 19A(5) of the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Rules, 1957 mandates a listed entity to have a minimum public shareholding (MPS) of 25%.

PFL has a market cap of nearly Rs 38,000 crore. Its share on Wednesday settled at Rs 1,047.85 per scrip on BSE, up 2.56% from the previous close.

When asked about the amount which PFL will raise through dilution of stake, its CEO Sanjeev Asthana said:” It will depend on the market condition and interest of investors.

On the preferred route for selling shares, he said, “Either it will by QIP or a combination of QIP and OFS.”

Earlier in March, stock exchanges NSE and BSE had frozen the shares of promoters of Ramdev-led Patanjali Group firm PFL, which is a major edible oil player.

PFL had then informed that leading bourses BSE and NSE had frozen shares of its 21 promoter entities, including Patanjali Ayurved and Acharya Balkrishna, who is the managing director of Patanjali Ayurved and co-founder of Patanjali Yogpeeth Haridwar, for failing to meet minimum public shareholding norms.

On Tuesday, PFL reported a 12% increase in its net profit to Rs 263.7 crore for the quarter ended March 2023.

Its net profit stood at Rs 234.43 crore in the year-ago period.

The total income rose to Rs 7,962.95 crore in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal from Rs 6,676.19 crore in the corresponding period of the previous year, according to a regulatory filing.

During the full 2022-23 fiscal, the net profit rose to Rs 886.44 crore from Rs 806.30 crore in the preceding fiscal.

Its total income increased to Rs 31,821.45 crore in the last fiscal against Rs 24,284.38 crore in 2021-22.

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