Muthoot Finance acquires Sri Lankan company

Mumbai, Dec 31 (IANS) Muthoot Finance Ltd (MFL) has acquired 51 percent equity shares of Colombo-based Asia Asset Finance PLC (AAF), the company told the National Stock Exchange (NSE) Wednesday.

“Pursuant to open offer given by MFL for acquisition of shares of AAF in Colombo Stock Exchange, the company has acquired 56,059,084 shares at 1.60 LKR,” MFL chief general manager K.R. Bijimon informed the NSE.
MFL said it had received the necessary approvals from Colombo Stock Exchange and Securities Exchange Commission in Sri Lanka for transferring the shares acquired via open offer to MFL’s account.
India’s largest gold financing company, MFL now holds 428,011,711 shares in AAF representing 51 percent of total equity shares.
“Pursuant to the present acquisition, AAF has become a subsidiary of MFL,” Bijimon said.
AAF offers leasing, mortgaging and short-term loans in Sri Lanka.
Shares of MFL traded Rs.191.50 on NSE, up by 0.05 percent in the evening trade.
— Indo-Asian News Service