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India’s Paytm to buy back shares

The Noida-headquartered firm made the proposal last week, a move that saw its shares gain momentum. The share ended the day at 538.4 Indian rupees, or $6.53. The board “approved the proposal for the company to buyback fully paid-up equity shares of face value of Re. 1/- (Rupee One only) each of the Company (“Equity Shares”) at a price not exceeding Rs. 810/- (Rupees Eight Hundred and Ten only) per Equity Share (“Maximum Buyback Price”) and for an amount not exceeding Rs. 850 crores (Rupees Eight Hundred and Fifty crores only),” excluding taxes and other expenses, Paytm disclosed in a stock exchange filing. Buybacks are not uncommon and are generally seen as a way companies could reward their shareholders. Many firms have ramped up repurchasing their shares this year, taking advantage of the falling prices in the public markets globally. But it’s not common among loss-making firms. “Over the last year, there is clear business momentum, and we are ahead of our plans. Looking at the monetisation opportunities in our core payment and credit business, we feel confident to generate healthy revenues and cash flows to invest in sales, marketing and technology. We value our shareholders and their journey with us in the public markets. I believe that a buyback at this stage will be immensely beneficial for our stakeholders and will drive long-term shareholder value,” Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder and chief executive of Paytm, said in a statement. India’s Paytm to buy back shares by Manish Singh originally published on TechCrunch

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