Air India Sale: Tata Group Leading Contender To Buy Air India, Home Minister-led Panel To Approve Winning Bid

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The committee of ministers on Air India’s privatisation led by dwelling minister Amit Shah will meet within the subsequent few days to think about and approve the successful bid for the nationwide provider.

According to individuals with information of the matter, the Tata Group has emerged as the highest bidder, however a proper announcement will solely be made after the panel’s okay, ET Reported

“Bids have been opened, and the winner has been decided, but the announcement will only come after the committee of ministers approves it,” mentioned a high official conscious of the matter.

He added that the committee has the facility to approve the sale and it might not “technically” should go to the cupboard for approval. The two bidders for Air India are the Tata Group and

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chairman Ajay Singh in his non-public capability. The Tata Group and Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) secretary Tuhin Kanta Pandey did not reply to queries.

Share Purchase Agreement

The Tata bid is about ₹3,000 crore increased than the reserve value set by the federal government and about ₹5,000 crore greater than the bid by Singh, mentioned the individuals cited above. Government sources have declined to touch upon studies which have put the reserve value at ₹15,000-20,000 crore.

“The reserve price was decided after bids were called to ensure that bidders do not get to know about the reserve price before their bids. This ensured utmost secrecy when it comes to the reserve price,” mentioned one other high official on situation of anonymity.

The reserve value was determined after valuation advisor RBSA and transaction advisor EY made a presentation to the committee of secretaries headed by the cupboard secretary on Tuesday.

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Both bidders had been given a share buy settlement (SPA) at a gathering held with them on Wednesday, mentioned the individuals cited above. The divestment course of will start as soon as a proper announcement is made after the Shah-led committee picks the winner. The panel contains finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, commerce minister Piyush Goyal and aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia.

“We expect that the transfer process will begin with the SPA and the target is to hand over the airline to the new owners completely in four months,” mentioned one of many officers cited above.

The authorities will divest its 100% stake in Air India, Air India Express and a 50% stake in floor dealing with firm AISATS. Bids for the provider are being sought at enterprise worth. Of Air India’s whole enterprise worth, as a part of the formulation, a minimal 15% will go to the federal government and the remaining might be used to scale back present debt.

(Source; Economic Times, not edited by travelobiz staff)

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