Thursday, October 7, 2010

SpiceJet takes off as Kalanithi Maran hikes stake to 17.7%

SpiceJet rose 2.65% at Rs 79.30 at 9:11 IST on BSE after Sun TV promoter Kalanithi Maran and his unlisted aviation firm Kal Airways acquired 1.93 crore shares, or 5.03% equity in the firm as part of the deal to acquire 37.7% stake in the firm.

Meanwhile, the BSE Sensex was down 5.10 points, or 0.02%, to 20,537.98.

On BSE, 4.45 lakh shares were traded in the counter as against an average daily volume of 41.33 lakh shares in the past one quarter.

The stock hit a high of Rs 80.25 and a low of Rs 77.70 so far during the day. The stock had hit a 52-week high of Rs 81 on 13 September 2010 and a 52-week low of Rs 32.40 on 28 October 2009.

The stock had underperformed the market over the past one month till 5 October 2010, gaining 6.61% compared with the Sensex's 12% jump. It outperformed the market in past one quarter, gaining 41.11% as against 17.01% rise in the Sensex.

The mid-cap low-cost air carrier has an equity capital of Rs 385.22 crore. Face value per share is Rs 10.

The shares were acquired on 5 October 2010 through an off-market transaction. Maran's direct holding in SpiceJet now stands at 17.72%. In June 2010, Maran and Kal Airways had agreed to buy 37.7% in the carrier from US investor Wilbur Ross and Royal Holdings Services, held by the Kansagra family, for Rs 739 crore at Rs 47.25 a share.

SpiceJet's net profit soared 109.6% to Rs 55.22 crore on 34.9% rise in net sales to Rs 707.86 crore in Q1 June 2010 over Q1 June 2009.



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