Mumbai: Although the news of stake sale by Subhash Chandra-led Essel group in Zee did not have a negative impact last week, Chandra’s stepping down as chairman from the Zee Board, appears to have not gone down well with the investors on Tuesday.
Zee stocks tanked nine per cent to hit its intra-day low of Rs 312.5 apiece. Its scrips on the BSE, however, recovered slightly to trade at Rs 322.40, down by 6 per cent.
Subhash Chandra, who ushered the cable and satellite revolution, announced late on Monday that he would step down as Zee’s chairman.
“In light of the changes in shareholding, Subhash Chandra has expressed his intention to resign as Chairman of the Board with immediate effect…,” Zee Entertainment said in a regulatory filing.
Chandra, however, will continue to be a non-executive director of the company, it added.
“The board accepted his resignation and noted that it is in line with the requirements of SEBI Listing Regulations, which inter alia mandates that the Chairperson of the board shall not be related to the Managing Director or the Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He will remain as Non-Executive Director of the Company,” the regulatory filing said.
Punit Goenka, Subhash Chandra’s son, is the current MD and CEO of the company.
Last week, major global investors had invested in Chandra-led Essel Group’s stake sale of 16.5 per cent in Zee Entertainment Enterprises, after the promoters of the company decided to sell major portions of its stake.
The planned stake sale in ZEEL to financial investors was conducted in order to repay loan obligations to certain lenders of the group.