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Qatar Foundation arm to buy 5% Bharti stake for $1.26 bn

Telecom major Bharti Airtel announced on Friday that it will sell a 5 per cent stake to Doha-based Qatar Foundation Endowment (QFE) for $1.26 billion (Rs 6,800 crore)  by issuing over 199.87 million new shares. The company said in a statement that 'it has entered into a binding agreement with Qatar Foundation Endowment (QFE) under which Bharti will issue 199,870,006 of its new shares to QFE, representing a shareholding of 5 per cent in the company, post-issuance of the new shares'.

As per the agreement, Qatar Foundation Endowment will subscribe to 199,870,006 new shares of Bharti at a price of Rs 340 per share, amounting to a total consideration of $1.26 billion (Rs 6,796 crore), it added.

'I am delighted to welcome another high quality long-term institutional investor to our shareholder base.... This agreement exemplifies further strengthening of the already deep economic and cultural relations between Qatar and India,' Bharti Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal said in the statement.

Goldman Sachs acted as the sole financial advisor to Qatar Foundation Endowment on this investment, the statement said.

'As a long-term global investor, our shareholding gives us exposure to a high growth sector in key emerging markets. Qatar Foundation Endowment looks forward to supporting Bharti in realising the full potential of this world class business,' said QFE Acting Chief Executive Officer Rashid Al-Naimi.
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