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Tanla acquires Karix Mobile for Rs 340 cr

Tanla acquires Karix Mobile for Rs 340 cr
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Tanla Solutions on Monday signed a definitive share purchase agreement to acquire 100 per cent of Karix Mobile formerly known as mGage India and its...

Hyderabad: Tanla Solutions on Monday signed a definitive share purchase agreement to acquire 100 per cent of Karix Mobile (formerly known as mGage India) and its wholly-owned subsidiary Unicel from GSO Capital Partners, a Blackstone company, at an enterprise value of Rs 340 crore.

GSO will receive a cash payment of Rs 112 crore. This will be funded from Tanla's internal accruals. Further GSO will be issued Rs 125 crore worth of Tanla stock at a price of Rs 56.79 per equity share. Tanla will take over a debt of Rs 103 crore.

On a fully diluted basis, GSO will own approximately 14.6 per cent in Tanla, promoters 30.6 per cent, employees 5.6 per cent and public shareholding 49.2 per cent on completion of the acquisition. GSO will have an observer seat on Tanla's board. The promoters have to subscribe to 7.9 million shares to retain their pre-acquisition shareholding of 30.6 per cent. The agreed price for subscription to shares is Rs 40, subject to SEBI (ICDR) regulations and approval of shareholders.

GSO is entitled to pre-emptive rights in future allotment of capital, to enable GSO to avoid dilution. Karix Mobile an 18-year-old global brand, has offices in four major Indian cities with over 1500 enterprise clients globally, and a revenue of Rs 540.2 crore in FY2018. With combined revenues' of Rs 1170 crore in FY2018, Tanla will emerge as a leading cloud communications company in India providing formidable digital transformation strategies to its enterprise clients. Tanla expects cost synergies' of approximately Rs 15 crore, over the next six quarters of operations.

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