Essar Energy Holdings Limited and Oil Bidco (Mauritius) Limited—companies incorporated and managed under the laws of Mauritius—the controlling shareholders of Essar Oil Limited (EOL) have entered into separate definitive agreements for the sale of 98% of EOL. The first sale and purchase agreement envisages the sale of 49% to Petrol Complex Pte. Ltd (a subsidiary of PJSC Rosneft Oil Company); the second envisages the sale of the remaining 49% to Kesani Enterprises Company Limited (owned by a consortium led by Trafigura and United Capital Partners) at an enterprise valuation of Rs 72,800 crore ($10.9 bn) (the “Transaction”). An additional Rs 13,300 crore ($2 billion) will be paid for the acquisition of Vadinar Port, which has world-class storage and import/export facilities.
The business transaction was announced in the august presence of Mr Narendra Modi, Honourable Prime Minister of India, and Mr Vladimir Putin, Honourable President of the Russian Federation, at the BRICS Summit in Goa (India).
The all-cash deal encompasses EOL’s 20 million tonne refinery in Gujarat, India, and its pan-India retail outlets. The closing of the Transaction is conditional upon receiving requisite regulatory approvals and other customary conditions. The Parties expect to obtain the relevant approvals before the end of this year.