11 April 2017
Mumbai: The shareholders of Grasim Industries Limited (“Grasim”), Aditya Birla Nuvo Limited (“ABNL”) and Aditya Birla Financial Services Limited (“ABFSL”) at their meetings held on 6th and 10th April 2017 respectively have approved the Scheme of amalgamation of ABNL with Grasim followed by the demerger and listing of the Financial Services business, in line with the NCLT order and the SEBI requirements.
Says Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group – “It augurs well that the public shareholders of both Grasim and ABNL have approved the merger by much more than the requisite majority. The merger will create one of the India’s largest companies. It will undeniably lead to shareholders’ value by bringing together the strong balance sheet of Grasim and the high growth potential of ABNL’s businesses. The portfolio will now span the manufacturing and services businesses with leadership positions in the cement, financial services, telecom, textiles and chemicals sectors. I believe, the merged entity provides a splendid play on India’s growth story. Additionally, the demerger and listing of the financial services business will unlock shareholders’ value.”
Adds Mr. Sushil Agarwal, Group CFO, Aditya Birla Group, “We ardently believe that the strong parentage of Grasim will enable the financial services business in enhancing its competitive advantage and growth momentum. The shareholders of both the Companies will get to participate in the structural growth story of the financial services business while sharing the strong returns generated by other market leadership businesses. The recent corporate actions (FII limit enhancement, share split, setting out dividend policy, etc.) reflect that shareholders’ value creation will continue to remain high on the management’s radar in the merged entity.”
The merged entity Grasim, will have proforma consolidated turnover of Rs. 59,766 crore, EBITDA of Rs. 11,961 crore and a Net Profit of Rs. 4,245 Crore for the year ended March 31, 2016. It will be:
With all major approvals in place, the Scheme is subject to final approval from NCLT and the BSE and the NSE. The scheme is expected to be effective during the second quarter of the current financial year.
About Grasim Industries Ltd.:
Grasim is a ~US$ 5.6 bn conglomerate having leadership positions in cement, viscose staple fibre and chemicals businesses. It is a leading global player in viscose staple fibre and is the largest manufacturer of chlor-alkali and epoxy resins in India. Its subsidiary UltraTech Cement Ltd. is the largest Indian cement manufacturer with a capacity of 69.3 million tons per annum (TPA) and is also largest in the white cement and ready mix concrete segment. Ultratech’s cement capacity will be expanded to 95 million TPA on completion of the acquisition of Jaiprakash Associates’ cement business and greenfield expansion of 3.5 million TPA. For further information, please visit the company’s website at www.grasim.com
About Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd.:
Aditya Birla Nuvo is a US$ 3.6 billion conglomerate with leadership positions across its businesses. Its Financial Services business ranks among the top 5 fund managers in India. Its Telecom venture, Idea Cellular, is among the top 3 cellular operators in India. It is a leading player in Linen, Agri, Rayon and Insulators businesses. ABNL has recently ventured into the Solar Power businesses and has received license from RBI to commence Payments Bank operations in a joint venture with Idea Cellular. For further information, please visit the company’s website at www.adityabirlanuvo.com
About Aditya Birla Group:
A US$ 41 billion Indian multinational, Aditya Birla Group operates in 36 countries with over 120,000 employees. The Group’s major businesses include aluminium, copper, cement, viscose staple fibre, financial services, fashion & retail, telecom, carbon black and textiles among others. About 50 per cent of the Group’s revenues flow from its overseas operations. For further information, please visit the group’s website at www.adityabirla.com
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