Aditya Birla Nuvo to merge with Grasim Industries to create new Rs 60,000 cr entity
Aditya Birla Group has announced plans to merge Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd. (ABNL) with Grasim Industries Ltd. to create a nearly Rs 60,000 crore diversified entity.
The board of directors of Grasim Industries, ABNL and Aditya Birla Financial Services Ltd (ABFSL) at their respective meetings approved the merger.
As per the plan, financial services business of the merged entity will be hived off and merged with ABFSL, a wholly-owned arm of ABNL and will be listed subsequently.
“The proposed restructuring will create one of India’s largest, well-diversified companies with a healthy mix of business with steady cash flows and long term growth opportunities,” Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla said here on Thursday.
With diverse businesses spanning manufacturing and services, the combined company provides a play on India’s growth story, he added.
“The demerger and listing of financial services business will unlock value for shareholders,” Mangalam Birla further said.
Post merger, with an aggregate turnover of Rs 59,766 crore (for the year ended March 31, 2016), Grasim will become the number one cement company with the largest selling brand, among the top 10 diversified private NBFCs in India, top four private sector life insurers and asset management companies, and number three telecom operator in the country, the Aditya Birla Group said in a statement.
The group said for merger of ABNL with Grasim, each shareholder of ABNL will get three new equity shares of Grasim for every 10 equity shares held in ABNL.
On the other hand, for demerger of financial services business into ABFSL, each shareholder of Grasim (post merger) will receive seven equity shares in ABFSL for every one equity share held in Grasim.
"Upon implementation of the merger, demerger of its financial services business resulting in listed financial services company with 57 per cent owned by post-merger Grasim and the balance being held by post merger Grasim shareholders on a proportionate basis," the statement added.
The transaction is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of this fiscal or the first quarter of 2017-18.
With PTI Inputs