Thursday, May 14, 2009

Battery major Eveready is looking to acquire a minimum of an 80% stake in Uniross for US$13.65 million.

Battery major Eveready Industries us getting ready for an acquisition. After reporting a profit for fiscal year 2009, the company has set its eye on French company Uniross SA. For this, the company has set up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to acquire minimum of an 80% stake in Uniross for $13.65 million.
Uniross is into the business of manufacturing and distribution of rechargeable batteries and allied products. Eveready has signed a term sheet with Paris-based CG Holding for investment through SPV. The company plans to invest a total of $13.65 million or Euro 10 million in the deal through mix of debt and equity, it said in a filing to BSE. The deal closing is subject to certain conditions and approvals.
Indian equity markets have rallied by more than 20% since April, even though uncertainty over election results persists. Several companies have also filed for IPO. But are Indian companies now ready for overseas acquisitions?
Eveready's stock was up by nearly 5% closing at Rs 25.40 on a day when markets fell by 1.22%. The company has a market cap of Rs 185 crore.
Last month Eveready reported an after-tax profit of Rs 19.40 crore fiscal 2009 against a loss of Rs 19.32 crore in 2007-08. While battery contributes around 70% of the company’s turnover, it's also into lighting, packet tea and flashlight businesses. The company is promoted by Khaitan group.
Eveready recently launched recently launched 'Ultima' alkaline battery and 'HomeLight' LED cells, and is expecting revenues to double to rs 1600 crore in FY10. The company is now focusing more on alkaline batteries, CFLs, LEDs as it believes they have the highest growth potential.
In 2005, Eveready had acquired BPL Soft Energy System, the battery business of BPL, for Rs 67 crore. That acquisition had helped it consolidate its position in the Indian market. The company has a 56% market share in conventional battery market in India.

Source: vccircle

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

DLF promoters raise Rs3900 cr

DLF promoters have sold 170 million shares at Rs230/share to raise Rs3900 cr. The process, which was being overseen by Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan, started late Tuesday evening and closed before the stock market opened.

Proceeds from the sale are expected to be invested in DLF Assets Ltd (DAL), the promoter-owned real estate trust, which is in the midst of restructuring. Of this, around Rs 2,100 crore will be used to pay hedge fund DE Shaw, which had invested $400 in 2007 through optionally convertible preference shares. The rest will be used to repay part of DAL’s Rs 5,400 crore debt to DLF Ltd.

After the transaction, the promoters’ stake will drop to 78.6 per cent from the current 88.5 per cent. Asked about the sale, DLF Vice-Chairman Rajiv Singh said, “I am not in a position to react because bankers are advising us on the issue.”

Meanwhile, in a separate transaction DLF is expected to acquire DAL for Rs 7,500 crore. This effectively means DAL will have to incur a loss of Rs 2,500 crore, since it acquired assets from DLF for Rs 10,000 crore in 2007-08.

Apart from DE Shaw, DAL raised $700 million from Symphony Capital through optionally convertible preference shares with a coupon rate of 4 to 6 per cent to fund the asset acquisition from DLF.

D E Shaw was assured of an exit route from DAL after a planned listing on the stock exchange in two years. That route has closed since the real estate market has crashed and is unlikely to see a revival of interest from equity investors in the near future.

Although the due diligence of DAL is complete, sources said the transaction would be concluded after DE Shaw is paid. DAL, after getting the fund infusion from promoters is expected to pay off DE Shaw so to conclude the transaction, sources said.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

2i Capital Sells Part Stake in Titagarh Wagons To Hedge Fund

Bangalore-based private equity fund 2i Capital has sold nearly half of its stake in railway freight wagon manufacturer Titagarh Wagons. The fund sold a 2.71% stake in Titagarh for a total sum of Rs 9.55 crore on Wednesday when Sensex reached a six month high. The shares weresold at a price of Rs 191 per share to hedge fund Indus Capital Advisors. At the time of listing, 2i Capital held a little more than a million shares. The PE fund's average stock acquisition price stands at Rs 191 per share, Vivek Sekhar, CEO of 2i Capital (India) Pvt. Ltd, told VCCircle in an email response. This means that 2i Capital has sold its stake exactly at par to its acquisition price. The private equity firm, which is currently raising its second fund of $200 million, still has a little more than 3% stake in the firm. Sekhar also said that 2i Capital's average sale price is higher as it sold some stake in a trade sale. Titagarh Wagons listed on April 2008 with a price band of Rs 540-610. The Kolkata-based firm also sold stake to GE Capital International and JPM Morgan Mauritius in a pre-IPO deal. It had reached a 52-week high of Rs 907 last year before slipping as markets melted. Titagarh Wagons had raised Rs 24.7 crore from 2i Capital in March 2006, by selling stake at a price of Rs 1711 per share. ChrysCapital also picked up a stake in the firm for around Rs 55 crore in 2006, buying stake both from the promoters and through fresh equity. The number of shares held by 2i Capital later increased due to a bonus issue in January 2007.
The stake has been sold by 2i Capital soon after one year lock-in period post listing has completed.

PE Funds Continue To Exit

Private equity funds continue to selectively pare their shareholding in various listed portfolio companies, making best of what is tipped to be a bull rally. The funds may also see this as good time to exit as markets are expected to see volatility post-elections, especially between 16 to 30 May, when the government is to be formed. Besides 2i Capital, IL&FS India Leverage Fund also sold a little more than 2% stake in IBN18 Broadcast, which operates general news channels CNN-IBN and IBN7. The stake has been sold for Rs 35.8 crore between September 2008 and April 2009, IBN18 said in a filing earlier this month. Last month Citigroup Venture Capital International sold nearly a 5% stake in Techno Electric & Engg Company and UK-based 3i Group also sold 1.42% stake in Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone Ltd. Earlier this month also IDFC Private Equity sold a small part of its stake inGujarat State Petronet Ltd via open market deals.


Eagle, Burgmann Merge Indian Businesses in a $70 Million Deal

Germany based Burgmann Industries and Japan based Eagle Industry have merged their mechanical seals operations in India. The new entity will be called EagleBurgmann India Pvt. Ltd. The combined value of the transaction is approximately $70 million. Both Eagle and Burgmann are the makers of mechanical seals and sealing systems, which are used in various industries like power generation, oil and gas production and refinery & petrochemicals etc. Both the companies have been operating in India through separate entities and with different local partners. As part of its global integration strategy, Eagle and Burgmann decided to buyout both the local joint-venture partners and pool the resources of the separate entities into a single vehicle. Both the companies hold equal stakes in the newly formed entity. The combined value of the transaction was approximately $70 Million. The legal and operation integration as well as the negotiations with the local partners were facilitated by BMR Advisors. Besides enlarging the product base, the integration of the operations of the two companies is expected to provide better economic, operational, financial, technological and market synergies. Burgmann Group’s product range includes mechanical seals, gas lubricated seals, seal supply systems, magnetic couplings, stuffing box packings, static seals, automotive seals, rotary kiln sealing systems and expansion joints. The product portfolio of eagle Industry includes mechanical seals, valves, plant devices, marine products, bellows devices, and related installation work.


Pangea Capital To Invest $30M In Deepak Puri's Cobol Technologies

Solar power firm Cobol Technologies (owned by Deepak and Ratul Puri of Moser Baer), has raised $30 million(Rs 151 crore) from Pangea Capital. Bermuda-based Pangea is a mid-sized fund house with total assets under management in excess of $100 million.
The investment in Cobol has been made through Pangea Emerging Infrastructure Fund, which targets both listed and unlisted Indian infrastructure companies. It invests in companies engaged in sectors such as energy, oil & gas, roads, ports and telecom. Besides this Pangea also has an emerging markets focused fund called Pangea Emerging Markets Fund and Pangea Alternative Fund. According to an application submitted to foreign investment promotion board(FIPB), the top government body which clears foreign investment into the country, Cobol has raised the funds through the issue of fully convertible debentures (FCDs) to Pangea in three tranches. The FCDs are compulsorily convertible into equity shares by March 31, 2012.
The agreement between the two firms say that the number of equity shares to be issued after conversion of the FCDs to Pangea shall not exceed 49% stake in Cobol. Moser Baer chairman and managing director Deepak Puri and executive director Ratul Puri own 50% each of the solar power firm. The firm, started in August 2007, operates in the area of electricity generation and distribution and is currently setting up a 5 mega-watt (MW) solar power project in Uttar Pradesh. This marks an expansion of business in the non-conventional power sector for Deepak Puri and Ratul Puri whose flagship company Moser Baer has also branched out in solar photovoltaic business. Moser Baer has outlined plans to invest $3.2 billion in the solar business and is also setting up a solar power project in Rajasthan, which is expected to become the largest grid-connected solar farm in India.


Siva In Talks To Pick Up Stake in Telco S Tel

NRI businessman C Sivasankaran may just be planning a re-entry into India's rapidly growing telecommunications market. Economic Times reports that Sivasankaran is in talks to buy the stake of one of the private equity promoters who hold a 51% stake in S Tel, a Chennai-basedcompany holding license in six states. Sivasankaran, known as Siva, sold his stake in Aircel for $1.08 billion to Maxis Telecom in 2005. Earlier this year, S Tel sold a 49% stake to Gulf-based Bahrain Telecommunications Co and Millennium Private Equity for $225 million. S Tel has licenses to operate in 6 Indian states - Bihar, Orissa, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, North East and Assam. The company can also provide broadband services across the country as it has a Category A ISP license. S Tel is promoted by Skycity Foundations and Mauritius-based Telecom Investments. The real identity of the investors of S Tel is not known. The directors of the company, as mentioned on the company website, are S Natarajan, Santhosh Robert and Padmavathy Suresh. Siva's re-entry come on the backdrop of the term of his non-compete agreement, which he had signed Maxis Telecom, ending in March this year. He was also barred from buying more than a 10% stake in an Indian telecom firm. In the meantime Siva bought a 8.6% stake in Tata Teleservices Rs 1,200 crore in 2006, which fell to to 6% after Japan's NTT DoCoMo bought 26% stake earlier this year. He is also said to have invested Rs 350-400 crore in Unitech Wireless. Siva has made fortunes buying, turning around and then selling Indian companies. His investment firm is known as Siva Ventures. Besides Aircel, he sold coffee chain Barista, which he bought over for Rs 65 crore (~$15 million) to Italian chain Lavazza for $125 million. Another one of his investments was Tamilnad Mercantile Bank.

Source: Economic Times

Modi Mundipharma Forms JV with Omega Pharma

Delhi-based Modi Mundipharma has formed a 50:50 joint venture (JV) with Belgium-based company Omega Pharma to sell the latter’s over-the-counter (OTC) medicines in India and manufacture on-contract drugs for the Belgian company’s overseas markets. The two companies plan to launch 15 OTC medicines and eight medicines between October 2009 and April 2010. These include Omega’s best-selling medicines, Silence (anti-snoring), Cellasaene (anti-slimming) and Salvecol (cholesterol reducer), among others. The two companies would invest e2 million and hire 75 people in its sales team to sell the products in the market, which will be scaled up to around 200 in the next five years.

Source: Economic Times