July 30, 2018 / 4:28 PM / 2 months ago

Anil Agarwal given more time to make firm offer for Vedanta Resources

LONDON (Reuters) - Billionaire Anil Agarwal has been given more time to make a firm offer or walk away from a deal to buy out minority shareholders in Vedanta Resources VED.L for 778 million pounds ($1 billion), the London-listed miner said on Monday.

Agarwal’s vehicle Volcan Investments had faced a deadline of 1700 London time (1600 GMT) to declare its intentions towards Vedanta but British regulator the Takeover Panel has granted an extension to Aug. 6 to facilitate financing talks between Volcan and its lenders over its all-cash bid, the miner said.

It comes after Volcan said on July 2 that it planned to offer minority shareholders 825 pence a share to acquire the 33.5 percent of Vedanta that it does not already own and delist the group.

Reporting by Ben Martin; Editing by Susan Fenton

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