Saturday, January 03, 2009

After SATYAM-MAYTAS, it's HIRCO-HIRANANDANI

It's the scam season, no doubt... First came MADOFF that made-off with billions of $ of investor funds, then closer home it was SATYAM COMPUTERS being sought to be shortchanged by its founders currently holding 5.3% minority stake by exchanging their loss making businesses in lieu of huge cash in Satyam balance sheet. To hell with valuations, due diligence or even corporate governance.
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After SATYAM-MAYTAS fiasco, here's another; Hiranandani (Builders) attempts to take co-investors for a ride by opting for a merger with loss making family business HIRCO Developments with its AIM listed outfit HIRCO. The investors are irked because the decision is taken without undertaking appropriate valuation of the target, eerily similar to the Satyam deal that fell through because of shareholder revolt. In the Satyam deal, the promoters of SATYAM COMPUTERS (later found to be holding less than 6% stake) had decided to buyout their family concern MAYTAS infrastructure and MAYTAS properties both real estate businesses heavily in debt by using $1.6 billion cash in SATYAM's balance sheet. Later all the independent directors in its Board had to tender resignations owning up moral responsibility for their tacit concurrence by remaining passive during the Board meeting at which the issue was hush hushed.
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Why does the expression chutzpah come to my mind...?
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2 comments:

rajiv said...

It so happens that Maytas was subcontracted to build Hirco's chennai project. Looks like Maytas and Hirco make very good bed fellows.

rajiv said...

It gets worse. maytas is subcontracted to develop Hirco's Chennai project. They seem like good bedfellows, they probably exchanged tips....