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India's Coffee Day to sell Bengaluru tech park to Blackstone, cut debt

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Coffee Day Enterprises Ltd said on Wednesday it planned to sell a tech park it owned in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru to Blackstone for up to 30 billion rupees ($421 million), in an effort to cut debt.

BENGALURU, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Coffee Day Enterprises Ltd CODE.NS said on Wednesday it planned to sell a tech park it owned in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru to Blackstone BX.N for up to 30 billion rupees ($421 million), in an effort to cut debt.

The announcement comes weeks after the company's founder was found dead in a river in southern India, sparking speculation that he was under intense financial strain and prompting the company to look for options to deleverage its assets.

Coffee Day said it entered a non-binding letter of intent with U.S.-based private equity firm Blackstone for the sale. It also approved the sale of AlphaGrep Securities, a trading firm it owns for 280 million rupees.

($1 = 71.2725 Indian rupees)

(Reporting by Chris Thomas in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich)

((chris.thomas@thomsonreuters.com; +91-80-6749-8695; Reuters Messaging: chris.thomas.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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