An Eveready battery. (Photographer: Vishal Patel/BloombergQuint) 

Yes Bank Acquires Over 9% Stake In Eveready By Invoking Pledged Shares

Yes Bank Ltd. said it has acquired over 9 percent shares of battery maker Eveready Industries (India) Ltd. by invoking pledged shares following a loan default by a group company.

"Yes Bank, pursuant to invocation of pledge of shares, acquired 68,80,149 equity shares constituting 9.47 percent of the post-issue paid-up share capital as on July 3, of Eveready Industries India Ltd.," Yes Bank said in a regulatory filing.

The lender said it has acquired shares of Eveready on invocation of pledge subsequent to default/breach of terms of credit facilities sanctioned by Yes Bank to the group company Mcleod Russel India Ltd (the borrower).

The lender also said that it is a one-time transaction.

Eveready and Mcleod —which is engaged in the tea business—belong to the BM Khaitan group.

Eveready's consolidated turnover in 2018-19 stood at Rs 1,541.86 crore, up from Rs 1,495 crore in the preceding fiscal year.

Earlier on June 30, Eveready had announced an agreement with the Madhu Jayanti International Private Ltd. for its loss making packet tea business to reduce stress on working capital.

Eveready in 2017 had announced a 50:50 joint venture with its group company McLeod Russel to manage the packet tea through a special purpose vehicle-Greendale India Ltd. Both the companies were supposed to invest Rs 20 crore each, but both the group companies are facing concerns in managing group level debt raised by pledge of shares.

In a recent development, Price Waterhouse & Co Chartered Accountants LLP quit as Eveready Industries' auditor, saying it was unable to obtain sufficient audit evidence of inter-company deposits and its recovery.

Also read: PwC Raises Concerns Over ‘Fairness’ Of Eveready’s Financial Statement

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