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SRF acquires Thai firm for Rs 100 crore

Technical textile manufacturer SRF Ltd on Monday said it has completed the acquisition of Thailand-based Thai Baroda Industries (TBIL) for Rs 100 crore. In a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange SRF Ltd announced the closure of the acquisition of TBIL. “All financial dues as per the restructuring plan have been paid,” the SRF Group subsidiary said. Aiming to become a global player, the domestic firm, in May, had signed a definitive agreement with the Thai firm. TBIL has an annual production capacity of 12,000 tonnes of dipped nylon tyre cord fabric with annual sales of about USD 50 million. […]

Olympus Capital to set up shop in the country

An Asia-focused private equity (PE) fund, Olympus Capital Holdings, that has already invested around $1.5 bn in growing economies such as Japan, Korea and Greater China, is setting up shop in India. The PE fund till now had a representative office here, but has now decided to set up full-fledged office with a six-member team. It has appointed Gaurav Malik as the MD for its India operations, which would be based in the Delhi NCR region. Mr Malik was earlier based out of the firm’s Hong Kong office and has worked with it since the last six years. “India is emerging as a very important market for PE players like us. We are hopeful that the country will see a huge inflow of investment,” said Mr Malik. […]

Stone India plans Rs 200-cr stake buy in European co

Duncan Goenka group company, Stone India, is eyeing an acquisition in Europe to capture the European railway components market. The company is close to acquiring a controlling stake in an European firm manufacturing products for railways for little less than Rs 200 crore. Speaking to mediapersons at a meeting held in Kolkata on Monday, Stone India chief executive officer & managing director Amitava Mondal said: “We are trying to buy the company through the bidding process. A special purpose vehicle (SPV) will be formed and registered at either Cyprus or Netherlands to buy the assets of the European firm.” […]

PE firm Jina Ventures to raise $200 mln for India

New York-based private equity firm Jina Ventures plans to raise up to $200 million by end-2008 to invest mainly in manufacturig firms in India, its managing partner told Reuters on Tuesday. “We are talking to investors from Switzerland, the U.S. and Japan and should be able to wrap up the fund by end-2008,” Ron Shah said on the sidelines of a capital markets conference. Jina Ventures had raised $50 million in 2005, which it invested in 12 Indian firms and had exited these investments, Shah said.(Reuters) […]

FIIs to pump in $100 m into Subhiksha

Retail chain Subhiksha continues to be in news. This time it is about the substantial investment attracted by the company from leading Singapore-based FIIs. According to sources, the company has almost struck a deal with 3 or 4 FIIs for raising $100 million through the issue of fresh shares at high premium. The FIIs are slated to pick up 9 to 10% stake in the company. It comes close on the heels of Wipro chairman Azim Premji acquiring 10% stake by investing Rs 230 crore in Subhiksha through his investment arm. […]

Tishman Speyer plans $1 bln fund for Indian realty

Property developer and fund manager Tishman Speyer plans to raise up to $1 billion in a private fund in 8-10 months for Indian realty projects, its managing director and head of finance Revathy Ashok said on Tuesday. “We still have some money left over from a previous one and we are already talking to investors for our next fund, though we haven't started roadshows yet,” she told reporters on the sidelines of a capital markets conference. Tishman has raised $350 million in a private fund this year and is funding three projects in south India.(Reuters) […]

PE firms look for deals beyond ports, shipyards

Ports in India, a country with a coastline of around 7,600km, have attracted private equity, or PE, capital for some years. Now, the number of such deals is increasing and PE firms are moving beyond ports and shipyards when it comes to investing in marine infrastructure. With India’s cargo-handling capacity at ports expected to double to 1,500 million tonnes by 2011-12, PE experts say a network of strong ancillary businesses are required to promote trade and transportation activities as both ports and shipyards need accessibility and linkages to the main land. “We need to view marine infrastructure in a holistic manner. It requires a complete ecosystem around itself,” says Aashish Kalra, co-founder and managing director, Trikona Capital Ltd, a real estate investment company. “We are not only interested in marine infrastructure but also the real estate around it.” Trikona has invested in Pipavav Shipyard Ltd, which is expected to be the largest shipyard in India and among the largest in Asia. […]

Kam-Avida raises equity from Peepul Capital

Pune-based Kam-Avida Enviro Engineers Pvt Ltd (Kam-Avida), a manufacturer of waste management equipment, has announced that it has raised equity from Peepul Capital Fund II LLC (Peepul), one of the leading India-focussed private equity funds. Kam-Avida intends to use the funds to set up a state-of-the-art manufacturing, assembly facility which will help it ramp-up production capacity and to strengthen its sales and marketing presence. The company will also invest part of the capital to strengthen its balance sheet to foray into wet-lease services for large scale sewage cleaning and maintenance, said a press release. Kam-Avida manufactures and offers a range of highly mechanised equipment for large- scale garbage, waste collection and transportation, sewage cleaning and sweeping, cleaning machines. It specialises in design and system integration of equipment that optimise garbage collection and disposal for domestic and commercial waste. […]

Arthanomics was a huge success with turover in excess of 500

Arthanomics, the Annual finance Seminar of the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode was held on the 6th and 7th of September, 2008 at the institute’s scenic campus in Kozhikode (Calicut), Kerala. The theme of this year’s seminar was “Mergers and Acquisitions – India Inc. on the prowl”. As has been the case with earlier editions of the seminar, Arthanomics ’08 too had an impressive line up of distinguished personalities which included the likes of Mr. Kamlesh Gandhi, Head of the Investment banking division of Religare, Mr. Manoj Gupta, Vice President at Nexus Capital Advisors, and Mr. Sadashiv Rao, Senior Director at IDFC. Each speaker shed valuable insights into the Private Equity scenario in India linking them with current economic conditions. While challenges faced by the Private Equity industry were recognized, a consensus emerged regarding the enormous growth potential in India for Private Equity firms. […]