Zee Entertainment in talks with Comcast and Sony to sell stake: Media report

Bids by both the companies are in the range of Rs540-560/share.

Feb 15, 2019 09:02 IST India Infoline News Service

Promoters of Zee Entertainment and Essel Group are in talks with US media giant Comcast and Japanese multinational conglomerate Sony Corporation to sell ~50% of their holdings in the firm as a part of their asset monetization to repay debt, CNBC-TV18 reported.

As per the report, bids by both the companies are in the range of Rs540-560/share and the promoters of the company may ink an exclusive binding agreement this week. As on December 31, 2018, promoters held 41.62% stake, the report added.

Meanwhile, Essel group's promoter entities sold shares worth ~Rs1,050cr in six listed group firms in open market between January 25 and February 1, 2019, for paying off lenders who were not part of an agreement to prevent a declaration of default on loans against pledged shares, the report said.

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd's share price ended at Rs439.20, up by Rs5.9 or 1.36%, from its previous close of Rs433.30 on the BSE.
The scrip opened at Rs439.20 and touched a high and low of Rs439.20 and Rs439.20, respectively. A total of, 32,347 (NSE+BSE) shares have been traded on the counter. The current market cap of the company is Rs41,617.01cr.

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