Adani Logistics sells a fourth stake in Snowman Logistics, share price falls
Snowman Logistics fell 3.76% to ₹58.9 after Adani Logistics Ltd, a part of the diversified Adani Group sold almost a fourth stake in Snowman Logistics Ltd.
Adani Logistics sold nearly 12.7 million shares or a 7.61% stake in Snowman between 27 November and 14 December, as per data from the exchanges. Adani Logistics had acquired the stake through an open offer it had initiated in March at ₹44 apiece in a failed attempt to take promoter stake in Snowman.
Since 27 November 2020, Adani Logistics has offloaded 1.01 crore shares, or 6.09% equity, of Snowman Logistics through six separate bulk deals on the NSE. These were sold at an average price of ₹59.21 a share, totalling nearly ₹75 crore. Adani now has 30.7 million shares or 18.39% stake in Snowman.
“Adani Logistics shall not be involved in the day-to-day management and shall not have a right to nominate or appoint any director on the board (or committee(s)) of Snowman,” the exchange filing notifying the settlement said.
Adani Logistics had struck a deal in December 2019 to buy a 40.25% promoter stake in Snowman, along with an open offer to take another 26% from public shareholders. Adani had to pay ₹296 crore for the stake and ₹191 crore more for the public shareholding. However, the deal to acquire the promoter stake did not go through, even as the open offer triggered by it was successfully completed, thus landing Adani a 26% stake in Snowman.
On 11 May, Gateway Distriparks, the promoter of Snowman, said that the December pact to sell its stake in Snowman was no longer in force. On 22 May, Gateway said it has initiated arbitration proceedings against the Adani group.
According to Mint, the talks for the promoter stake sale had hit a hurdle because of a disagreement overvaluation, with the pandemic hitting business, causing the Snowman stock price to fall. However, in July, the two parties said they had settled the dispute. The terms of the settlement state that Gateway Distriparks will continue as the sole promoter of Snowman with Adani Logistics as a minority shareholder.
Snowman Logistics is engaged in the business of temperature-controlled logistics including transportation by road and distribution of products requiring a temperature-controlled environment. The company reported a standalone net profit of Rs 0.78 crore in Q2 FY21 compared with a net loss of Rs 8.99 crore in Q2 FY20. Net sales during the quarter declined by 11.2% YoY to Rs 55.12 crore.