Tech Mahindra to buy $500m Satyam stake

Tech Mahindra has won its bid to acquire a controlling stake in corruption-struck IT services provider Satyam, it was revealed this weekend.

The company has offered $351 million for a 31% stake, and will purchase a further 20% of company shares for around $225 million.

That bid was confirmed as the highest yesterday, beating rival bids from Indian engineering firm Larsen & Toubro and US private equity firm WL Ross and Co.

Because there was no bid worth at least 90% of Tech Mahindra’s offer, there will be no second round of bidding. The company has revealed that it will be borrowing $440 million to pay for the acquisition.

The offer theoretically gives Satyam a total valuation of around $1 billion. That is significantly greater than its current market capitalisation, but well below its value before the corruption scandal was revealed.

Tech Mahindra is part-owned by BT, which set up the company as a joint venture with Indian automobile manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra in 1989. It employs around 26,000 people.

It has not yet been revealed whether the Satyam brand will remain.

Pete Swabey

Pete Swabey

Pete was Editor of Information Age and head of technology research for Vitesse Media plc from 2005 to 2013, before moving on to be Senior Editor and then Editorial Director at The Economist Intelligence...

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