Sunday, February 07, 2021

Adani Group checks into Mumbai Airport by acquiring 23.5% stake; on way to 74% ownership of MIAL

New Delhi: The Adani Group has formally checked into Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) by acquiring 23.5% stake in it held by two foreign firms — ACSA Global Limited (ACSA) and Bid Services Division (Mauritius) Limited (Bidvest) — for Rs 1,685.2 crore. The infra major is going to acquire 74% stake in MIAL, thereby getting the rights to develop the upcoming Navi Mumbai airport, which includes the entire 50.5% stake of outgoing promoter GVK Group.

The remaining 26% in MIAL will be with Airports Authority of India (AAI). Adani Airports Holding Ltd (AAHL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Adani Enterprises Limited, is likely to take over the reins of Mumbai Airport from the GVK Group this month, say sources.

“AAHL, the flagship holding company of Adani Group for its airports business, has acquired 23.5% equity stake — 28.2 crore equity shares of Rs 10 (each) of MIAL from ACSA and Bidvest,” Adani Enterprises said in a regulatory filing on Saturday.

The Adani Group had taken over the Mangaluru, Lucknow and Ahmedabad airports from Airports Authority (AAI) of India late last year and has to take over Jaipur, Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram airports by this July. It will develop, manage and operate these six airports for the next 50 years.

With seven functional airports (including Mumbai) and a greenfield one (at Navi Mumbai) under its belt, the Adani Group will be the biggest private airport operator in India in terms of number of airports handled.

In terms of number of passengers handled, GMR will remain the biggest player for some time as it runs India's biggest airport — Delhi's IGIA. This group has, among others, Hyderabad and the upcoming Mopa airport in Goa in its aviation portfolio.

07/02/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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