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    Vestas Wind Systems in talks with Tulsi Tanti and Dilip Shanghvi for controlling stake in Suzlon Energy

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    Vestas Wind Systems in talks with Tulsi Tanti and Dilip Shanghvi for controlling stake in Suzlon Energy

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    Debt-laden Suzlon Energy is in talks with Danish firm, Vestas Wind Systems, for a control deal, sources privy to the developments told CNBC-TV18.

    Debt-laden Suzlon Energy is in talks with Danish firm, Vestas Wind Systems, for a controlling stake, sources privy to the developments told CNBC-TV18.
    Vestas is keen on buying out the promoter Tulsi Tanti and investor Dilip Shanghvi and launch an open offer for its shares as part of the deal.
    Tulsi Tanti and family own 17.60 percent stake in Suzlon Energy and in 2014, Dilip Shanghvi had picked up 23 percent stake in the company as part of his personal investments.
    Sources with direct knowledge suggest that talks are at a serious stage and valuations are being negotiated between Suzlon and Vestas.
    The stock of Suzlon Energy rose over 20 percent in trading hours on February 22.
    Lenders to Suzlon Energy will play a critical role in the deal finalisation as debt reduction is the primary reason for the deal.
    Suzlon has been fighting debt concerns for six years. The market capitalisation of the wind turbine manufacturer has eroded to around Rs 2,500 crore, while its debt stands at over Rs 7,000 crore. The company plans to reduce debt by 30-40 percent in FY19, management had indicated earlier.
    Recently, the company had to clarify investors’ concerns around pledged shares and loan default, “We wish to clarify that the company is regular in servicing its debt obligations including servicing obligations towards banks and others for the month of January 2019. The rumours about the company are baseless and we appeal to all the investors and stakeholders to not to believe the same,” Suzlon said in a release to the stock exchanges.
    "Suzlon needs to get fund infusion to avert a non-performing asset (NPA) situation,” an industry expert pointed out.
    “We refer to your email dated February 22, 2019. We wish to submit that as a company, we do not comment on the market speculation,” Suzlon Energy told CNBC-TV18.
    In an email statement, Vestas spokesperson said, “Vestas’ strategy is based on organic growth and as we have said before on similar speculation, our industry-leading position means we are open to additional bolt-on opportunities to accelerate our growth strategy should such arise.”
    Vestas is a global energy major which designs, manufactures, installs, and services wind turbines across the globe. It has 101 GW of wind turbines in 80 countries, about 17 percent of the total in the world.
    Pune-based Suzlon Energy has an installed wind capacity of 18,000 MW.
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