Mumbai : Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) received an announcement today evening from Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) that the Board of RIL approved funding Rs. 4000 crore into the Independent Media Trust (IMT), of which RIL is the sole beneficiary, for acquisition of control in Network18 Media & Investments Ltd (NW18), including its subsidiary TV18 Broadcast Ltd (TV18) and the open offers to be made consequent to the acquisition.
IMT would use the funds to acquire control over NW18 and TV18 resulting in ownership of about 78% in NW18 and 9% in TV18 and to acquire shares tendered in the Open Offers.
Further in terms of SEBI (substantial acquisition and takeover regulations) 2011, IMT would be making an open offer to public shareholders for acquisition of NW18, TV18 and Infomedia Press Ltd equity shares. IMT would be simultaneously making a public announcement under takeover regulations. RIL would a person acting in concert to the open offers.
The press release says that the acquisition will help differentiate the RIL 4G business, by providing a unique amalgamation at the interest of telecom, web and digital commerce via a suite of premier digital properties. The suite includes: in.com, IBNLive.com, Moneycontrol.com, firstpost.com, cricketnext.in, HomeShop18, bookmyshow.com. The broadcast channels include: Colors, CNNIBN, CNBCTV18, IBN7 and CNBC Awaaz.
By acquiring the NW18 and TV18 properties, RIL Consolidates the content and ecommerce space. RIL will allow the creative to flow with some financial caution as is the practice in NW18 and TV18 group, then they could well have a robust, differentiated content business.