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Takeover battle: Deepak Fertilisers surprises with 2.2% MCFL stake sale

Pune-based Deepak Fertilisers has been competing with Kolkata-based industrialist Saroj Poddar-led Zuari group for taking control of the Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilisers Ltd (MCFL), since July 2013.

In a filing to the BSE, Deepak Fertilisers informed that it has sold over 26 lakh shares, representing 2.2 per cent stake in MCFL, during last month through nine different open market transactions.

Post sale of 26 lakh shares, Deepak Fertilisers stake in MCFL has come down to 29.05 per cent from 31.25 per cent stake earlier. Pune based company held these shares through its subsidiary SCM Soilfert Ltd. When contacted, company's spokesperson declined to comment on the reason behind offloading the 26 lakh shares in MCFL. However, sources said Deepak is still in the race and all the options are open to it. They also added that Deepak continues to remain the largest shareholder in MCFL. At present, UB group has 21.97 per cent stake and Zuari group has 16.47 per cent stake in the MCFL.

The Deepak's announcement comes a week after Zuari group revising its open offer size to 4,33,29,000 equity shares representing 36.56 per cent of the MCFL's share capital.

Zuari had retained the price of open offer at Rs 91.92 per share. With increase in the offer size, Zuari group would now have to spend Rs 398.2 crore. When contacted a top official in Zuari group said after (Monday) today's development they are confident that their voluntary open offer will succeed.

The battle for takeover of MCFL was triggered in April 2013 when Zuari group bought about 10 per cent stake in MCFL through open market.

Deepak Fertilisers’ independent director R A Shah resigns

Deepak Fertilisers on Monday said R A Shah has resigned from the position of independent director of the company.

Shah has resigned from the position of Independent Director of the company w.e.f. September 30, 2014. The Board of Directors has approved and taken on record the same by circular resolution, Deepak Fertilisers said in a filing to the BSE.

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