Vedanta, owned by billionaire Anil Agarwal, reversed from a loss to rise as much as 2.1% in Mumbai after its board approved 21.2 rupees a share for a payout of 78.81 billion rupees, its best-ever dividend and topping a record last year.
A 7.5% payment on preference shares took the total to 80.91 billion rupees for the fiscal year through March.
The dividend, which is about double market expectations, will allow parent Vedanta Resources Plc to trim some of its borrowings, Goutam Chakraborty, an analyst at Emkay Global Financial Services Ltd, said by phone from Mumbai.
Vedanta Resources’ debt was almost $18 billion at the end of the last fiscal year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, while Vedanta owed $11 billion.
The Mumbai-based company mines and produces a variety of metals, including copper, zinc and aluminum. Base metals traded in London have risen 17% over the past year.