Adani Group makes offer to buyout 23.5% stake in Mumbai airport as South African partners in JV keen to exit
Adani Group has also bid to operate six non-metro airports that are currently under AAI's management.
MIAL is a joint venture between GVK, AAI and two South African firms Bidvest and Airports Company South Africa
GVK Airport Developers is the largest shareholder in MIAL with 50.5 percent stake. Bidvest holds 13.5 percent, ACSA owns 10 percent
Adani Group has also bid to operate six non-metro airports that are currently under AAI's management
The Adani Group has reportedly made an offer to buyout 23.5 percent stake of two South African firms in the Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) at a valuation of Rs 9,500 crore, a media report said.
MIAL is a joint venture between Hyderabad-headquartered GVK, Airports Authority of India (AAI) and two South African firms Bidvest and Airports Company South Africa (ACSA).
GVK Airport Developers is the largest shareholder in MIAL with 50.5 percent stake. Bidvest holds 13.5 percent, ACSA owns 10 percent and the rest is with AAI.
According to The Economic Times, since both South African firms are keen on exiting the venture, the cash-strapped GVK now has to hurry and get funds to keep Adani Group from taking a big pie of MIAL.
“The GVK group will match the offer and buy the 23.5 percent stake in the company. We will not let the stake in the company go to anyone else,” a source close to the development was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
In October last year, Mint reported that German airport operator AviAlliance, Australia’s AMP Capital and US-based Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) had submitted non-binding bids to buy a minority stake in MIAL.
Meanwhile, Adani Group has also bid to operate six non-metro airports that are currently under AAI's management.
As part of an open international competitive bidding process, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had sought bidders for carrying out operations, management and development of the six airports—Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram, Lucknow, Mangaluru, Ahmedabad and Jaipur.
Apart from Adani Group, private sector airport operator GMR Group also submitted bids for all six airports.
The last date to submit technical bids was 14 February.
AAI will open the financial bids on 25 February. The winning bids will be announced on 28 February.
In November last year, the government had cleared a proposal for managing six AAI-run airports o public-private partnership (PPP) basis.
--With PTI inputs
GVK could sell a significant minority stake in Mumbai airport; Bidvest Group looks to exit investment
The move to sell a stake in MIAL is a part of GVK’s efforts to free up cash for new projects, like the ongoing second airport in Navi Mumbai.
Raju also focused on tapping the advertisement potential to generate more revenue for the airport and recommended a review of the maintenance and advertisement contracts.
A controlling 74% stake in Mumbai International Airport, together with the six non-metro airports it bagged in a government tender, will make Adani Group the largest private operator of airports in India