February 21, 2024

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Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries to consider first rights issue in 30 years

Shares in the company rose as much as 1.8 per cent in early trade following the announcement, later falling in line with the broader market.

Analysts said the potential for a rights issue is a positive development and reflects the confidence of management and their commitment to reducing Reliance’s net debt to zero by March 2021. (Photo: Reuters)

India’s Reliance Industries Ltd will consider a rights issue at its board meeting on April 30, in what would be its first such issue in nearly three decades, the oil to retail conglomerate said in an exchange filing late on Monday.

Reliance did not provide any details of the rights issue under consideration.

Shares in the company rose as much as 1.8 per cent in early trade following the announcement, later falling in line with the broader market. At 10:25 am, the shares were trading down 2 per cent while the Nifty share index was 0.1 per cent lower.

Promoters – as controlling stakeholders are called in India – hold a little over 50 per cent of the company.

Analysts said the potential for a rights issue is a positive development and reflects the confidence of management and their commitment to reducing Reliance’s net debt to zero by March 2021.

“It reflects promoter’s unflinching faith in the medium to long term prospects of various businesses,” said Ajay Bodke, chief executive at Prabhudas Lilladher, a portfolio management service company.

“This is an apt opportunity for current shareholders to participate in the likely value unlocking of various businesses over the next couple of years.”

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