IT services provider Tech Mahindra is the new owner of Satyam Computer Services. The company bid the highest at Rs 58 per share, pipping Satyam Saga: Rise, fall and resurrection rivals engineering firm Larsen & Toubro and billionaire investor Wilbur Ross to the post.
Engineering firm L&T bid at Rs 45.90 per Satyam share, Kiran Karnik, chairman of the govt constituted Satyam board told reporters.
Karnik also said that the Cognizant-Wilbur Ross combine had put in their bid at Rs 20/share for the fraud hit IT co.
Tech Mahindra will have to pay Rs 1,757 crore to buy a 31% stake in Satyam Computer Services. The IT co will have a market cap of Rs 5,666 crore on expanded equity. Tech Mahindra will have to pay a total of Rs 2890 crore for 51% stake in Satyam.
The acquisition will help the company, an arm of the Mahindra & Mahindra Group, to diversify into new areas instead of just depending on the telecom sector.
The Satyam acquisition will help Tech Mahindra diversify its software services business, and compete aggressively with bigger rivals such as TCS, IBM, Infosys and Wipro.
Satyam, which serves customers such as GE, GM and Ford will also help Tech Mahindra build a better portfolio of customers.
Satyam has a 46,600 strong work force, land assets of 450 crore, besides the order book position. Its liabilities include the legal liabilities arising out of the class action suits filed by shareholders in the US, besides any liability arising out of the tussle with UK based mobile payments services provider Upaid.