India's Escorts hits record high as Japan's Kubota plans to raise stake
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India's Escorts hits record high as Japan's Kubota plans to raise stake

By Reuters

  • 18 Nov 2021
India's Escorts hits record high as Japan's Kubota plans to raise stake
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Japan's Kubota Corp will raise its stake in tractor maker Escorts Ltd to as much as 44.8%, the companies said on Thursday, sending shares of the Indian firm to a record high. 

Kubota, which currently holds a 9.09% stake in Escorts, will up its stake via subscription to a third-party preferential share allotment, the Japanese tractor and other agriculture machinery maker said. 

Escorts approved raising funds of up to 18.73 billion rupees($252.66 million) via issue of 9.4 million shares at 2,000 rupees per share to Kubota, at a 23% premium to Wednesday's closing price. 

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Shares of Escorts rallied to a record high of 1,824.95 rupees after the announcement. 

Osaka-based Kubota expects to raise its stake in Escorts to as much as 53.5% and become a joint promoter. 

Escorts said its Chairman and Managing Director Nikhil Nanda could get a potential board seat at Kubota's European business holding firm. 

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It was also evaluating a potential merger of Kubota's India unit, Escorts' finance arm and its Kubota joint venture with the parent company, Escorts said, adding that it was considering a name change to reflect Kubota in its corporate identity. 

India's best known billionaire investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala also owned 4.85% stake in Escorts, as of Sept. 30. 

The Haryana-based agro machinery maker aims to create one of the largest Indo-Japan agriculture collaboration in the farm equipment sector with Kubota, it added in a statement. 

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Escorts added that its current promoter group, the Nanda family, is not selling any shares and will continue to be fully invested in the firm. 

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