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Bharti Airtel Seeks FDI Nod for Rs. 4,900 Crore from Govt

    9 December , 2019         Fdiindia

Bharti Airtel Seeks FDI Nod for Rs. 4,900 Crore from Govt

Telecom giant Bharti Airtel has sought an approval from the government of India for the infusion an investment worth Rs. 4,900 crore from the Singapore-based company Singtel and other foreign entities. With this move, Airtel, which is the oldest private telecom operator in India, will become a foreign company.

If the fund infusion is approved by the government, the overseas stake holding in Bharti Airtel will cross 50 per cent. Which means, the Indian company will turn into a foreign-owned company, an official with knowledge of the development told PTI.

Currently, Sunil Bharti Mittal and his family own a 52 per cent stake in the Bharti Telecom. Bharti Telecom owns around 41 per cent stake in Bharti Airtel, while overseas promoters together own 21.46 per cent stake in the telecom company. Apart from these, public shareholders hold close to 37 per cent stake in the telecom giant.

According to what sources told PTI, Bharti Airtel has applied for foreign direct investments worth Rs. 4,900 crore from Singtel and other overseas investors.

"With this Bharti Telecom will become a foreign entity as majority stake will be held by overseas investors. DoT is expected to approve this investment this month," the source said.

Approval from the Department of Telecom (DOT) is significant because the department had previously rejected Bharti Airtel’s foreign direct investment application citing lack of clarity on the foreign investor as reason.

The Department of Telecom had rejected Airtel’s application earlier this year because the company failed to offer clarity on the overseas investor.

As per sources, once the company’s foreign direct investment bid is approved by the government- foreign shareholding in Bharti Airtel will cross 84 per cent.

Singtel and other overseas entities are on board with Bharti Airtel, they now only await an approval from the Department of Telecom on the proposal.