Adani lifts payout for NDTV open offer to match payment to founders

FILE PHOTO: Indian billionaire Gautam Adani addresses delegates during the Bengal Global Business Summit in Kolkata

BENGALURU (Reuters) -Adani Enterprises said on Tuesday it will raise the amount it pays New Delhi Television Ltd stockholders who tendered their shares in the conglomerate's open offer to match what it paid the news broadcaster's founders for their stake.

Adani Enterprises said it will pay an additional 48.65 rupees per NDTV share to investors who sold their shares in an open offer between Nov. 22 and Dec 5, taking the payout to 342.65 rupees per share and matching what it paid NDTV founders Radhika and Prannoy Roy.

"The Securities and Exchange Board of India's takeover guidelines are clear ... Whatever price the acquiree gets, the minority shareholders also should get the same," said Shriram Subramanian, managing director of InGovern Research Services, a Bengaluru-based corporate governance advisory firm.

About 5.3 million shares were tendered in the open offer, at 294 rupees per share, and Indian billionaire Gautam Adani now controls about 65% of NDTV after acquiring a 27.26% stake from the Roys last week, four months after launching his takeover.

Founded in 1988 and owned by the husband-and-wife team, NDTV had said the takeover move "was executed without any input from, conversation with, or consent of the NDTV founders".

Still, the founders sold a majority of their shares and retained only a 5% stake. The Roys and four other independent directors also resigned from the board, effective Dec. 30.

NDTV's stock is down about 20% since Adani's announced his takeover plans in August. They were last up 1.2% on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D'Souza)