Maran pumps Rs 100 crore into SpiceJet

SpiceJet on Friday said its promoters agreed to infuse Rs 100 crore fresh funds into the airline in exchange for an additional equity of 42.9 million shares aggregating to five percent.

With this, the holdings of Kalanidhi Maran and his family in the second largest low-cost carrier will go up to 48.6 percent.

“Our board met today and decided to allot 42.9 million preferential shares or five percent to the promoters. This will take the overall holding of promoters in the airline to 48.6 percent,” SpiceJet chief executive Neil Mills told PTI from New Delhi.

The fresh equity infusion comes at a time its rival Kingfisher Airline is struggling to be air-borne due to a severe cash-crunch.

The Chennai-based carrier enjoys 16.3 percent market share as of January making it the fourth largest carrier among the seven and the second largest among the no-frills airlines.

The media baron-turned-airline owner Mr. Maran took over as chairman of SpcieJet in November 2010 after buying out American investor Wilbur Ross.

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