Private equity firm The Chatterjee Group to buy IDFC Securities stake

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New York-based private equity firm The Chatterjee Group (TCG) has agreed to acquire a stake in the securities business of IDFC Ltd, the infrastructure financing company said in a regulatory filing.

“IDFC Ltd and IDFC Financial Holding Company Ltd (IDFC FHCL) have entered into an understanding with The Chatterjee Group (TCG). Pursuant to the said understanding, one or more entities of TCG will acquire equity stake in IDFC Securities Ltd from IDFC FHCL in one or more tranches over a period of time,” IFDC said in a BSE filing on Saturday.

“The necessary definitive agreement will be signed shortly. The transaction will conclude on the receipt of the requisite regulatory approvals,” it added.

The Chatterjee Group (TCG) was reportedly competing with other players for a stake in IDFC Securities. As per a January Economic Times report, SBI Capital Markets and Stock Holding Corporation of India were also in the fray to acquire the stockbroking arm of IDFC. The two joined other suitors when the company invited fresh bids for stake sale.

In the first round, Equirus Capital, former Axis Capital managing director Dharmesh Mehta, InCred Finance and Vikas Khemani-led Carnelian Capital Advisors had made offers to buy out IDFC Securities.

Most of the new bids were pegged at around Rs 120 crore, the report said. However, IDFC Securities was said to be expecting Rs 150 crore for the broking unit.

IDFC had been looking to sell its mutual fund and stockbroking businesses in an attempt to divest its non-core units. IDFC Securities has an employee base of about 85.

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