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IT services major Infosys on Saturday said that it has completed its ₹ 13,000 crore buyback programme that saw participation from Sudha Gopalakrishnan, Rohan Murty and LIC among others. The buyback scheme — a first in the company’s over three decade history — commenced on November 30 and closed on December 14. “(A total of) 11,30,43,478 equity shares were bought back under the Buyback at a price of ₹ 1,150 per equity share. The total amount utilised in the Buyback is 13,000 crore excluding transaction costs…” Infosys has said in a regulatory filing.
The programme saw participation from Life Insurance Corporation of India, Singapore government, Sudha Gopalakrishnan (wife of co-founder S Gopalakrishnan) and Rohan Murty (son of co-founder NR Narayana Murthy) among others. The filing showed that of all the equity shares tendered in the buyback, 5.41 % were by LIC and 2.18 % by Singapore government. Similarly, 15 lakh shares of Sudha Gopalakrishnan and 13.92 lakh shares held by Murty were accepted under the buyback. As of September this year, Sudha Gopalakrishnan held the largest share in individual capacity among promoters group members with 2.14 % shareholding.
The founders and families — classified as promoters group — held 29.28 crore shares, or 12.75 %, in Infosys at the end of September 2017. After the buyback, the promoter group now holds 12.90 % share, as per the filing. The buyback had been a long-standing demand by some of the founders and high-profile former executives, who have been pushing Infosys to return surplus capital to shareholders. Share buybacks typically improve earnings per share and return surplus cash to shareholders, while supporting share price during period of sluggish market condition. Earlier this year, its larger rival Tata Consultancy Services completed a 16,000-crore mega buyback offer. Other competitors like Cognizant, Wipro and Mindtree had also made similar announcements.
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