Idea Shareholders Approve New Name ‘Vodafone Idea Ltd’, Rs 15,000 Crore Fund Raise Plan

Shareholders of telecom operator Idea Cellular approved the new name ‘Vodafone Idea Limited’ for the company and plans to raise Rs 15,000 crore fund in the extraordinary general meeting held today. The change in the name will be effective post completion of the merger of Vodafone India in the company, as per the agenda placed before shareholders at the EGM.

The summary of EGM proceedings filed at the BSE said that the agenda “change in name of the company” and “issue of non-convertible securities on private placement basis” were “passed with a requisite majority” by the members.

Idea and Vodafone India are in process of merging their businesses. According to official sources, the approval for merger by the Department of Telecom (DoT) is in final stages. The closure of this transaction, however, is likely to miss expected time line of June 30 as the DoT is looking to raise demand of around Rs 4,700 crore from Vodafone India before clearing the deal.

Idea’s Chairman of the board Kumar Mangalam Birla, proposed to be the non-executive Chairman of merged entity, was not present at the meeting. The meeting was chaired by Idea’s MD and CEO Himanshu Kapania. Vodafone is expected to own 45.1 per cent, 26 per cent by Aditya Birla Group and Idea shareholders will own 28.9 in the combined entity.

The merged entity will have around 430 million mobile subscribers from Day 1. Besides, change in name, the EGM approved raising of Rs 15,000 crore fund by the company through NCDs on private placement basis within a year. Shares of Idea closed up 3.02 per cent at Rs 57.9 per unit at the BSE. – Financial Express

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