Shares of Heritage Foods (India) locked at 5 percent upper circuit at Rs 486.60 on Wednesday as Azim Premji-led fund bought stake in the company.
Business Standard reported that Premji Invest, the USD 1.2-billion private and public equity fund of Wipro chairman Azim Premji, has bought a stake in Hyderabad-based Heritage Foods. "The latter is a publicly held company, owned by Chandrababu Naidu, former chief minister of the state, with revenue of around Rs 1,400 crore in 2011-12," according to the report.
"The management of Heritage Foods is understood to be in the advanced stages of spinning off the company's retail arm, which runs 75 neighbourhood convenience stores under the 'Fresh' brand, focused on South India. Heritage Foods gets 90 per cent of its revenue from the dairy business; the rest comes from agriculture and bakery segments," the report said.
In a clarification on the above news item, the company said they were open for strategic partnership in retail business for accelerating its growth but not looking for stake sale.
"The company is not looking for any strategic investor at the group company level (HFIL) and the promoters are not looking to sell their stake. The buzz in the market regarding open offer by a strategic player with a total transaction value of USD 100 million, is not true," the company said.
Heritage Foods stock price
On November 27, 2015, Heritage Foods closed at Rs 483.90, up Rs 2.10, or 0.44 percent. The 52-week high of the share was Rs 509.10 and the 52-week low was Rs 280.00.
The company's trailing 12-month (TTM) EPS was at Rs 19.00 per share as per the quarter ended September 2015. The stock's price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio was 25.47. The latest book value of the company is Rs 83.20 per share. At current value, the price-to-book value of the company is 5.82.
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