Tater told CNBC-TV18, “Let me take a call on the entire FDI sector and the euphoria that it got set in. We had a sell report on Pantaloon Retail even after the FDI report actually had come. However, we had an exit report and even at current levels we feel the potential of Pantaloon with the group lies much less than when it gets transferred to Aditya Biral Nuvo.”
He further said, ”Now when you are buying Pantaloon nothing will be left as Pantaloon. So what you should do is you should sell Pantaloon Retail and you should enter into Pantaloon Retail (India) DVR (differential voting rights). This will give you some sort of relief in terms of price adjustment and once the business gets shifted to Aditya Birla Nuvo you will get a fresh share which is of equivalent common stock what we call as equity shares. There will be no DVR in reissuance over there and we feel that will be a very good strategic switch.”
”Now the second aspect is that the value of Pantaloon as a stock is not more than Rs 150-160 given what has disappointed us on the development from FDI aspect. That is why we have been downgrading this entire sector. The basic reason being very simple that until and unless the entire state join hands it does not make much of a sense for large players to come in and have that big reach. So eventually what will happen that the valuation that people were looking at they got disappointed and that is why you have seen a correction from Rs 250 to Rs 175. And we are still feeling that if you want to keep Pantaloon in your portfolio then Pantaloon DVR would be a better switch from Pantaloon and this will give you a fresh air of Aditya Birla,” Tater added.