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Birla Corp to acquire Lafarge’s two Indian units for Rs. 5000 crore

Birla Corporation has signed an agreement with French-based Lafarge Group to acquire its Jojobera unit in Jharhkand and Sonadih in Chattisgarh for sum of Rs. 5000 crore.

The Lafarge disinvested these two units in order fulfil the directions given by Competition Commission of India (CCI) as a part to conclude its mega global merger with Swiss-based Holcim Ltd and its operations in Indian, the merger took place on 15 July 2015.

As per the acquisition deal Birla Corp will acquire these cement units along its brands ‘Concreto’ and ‘PSC’ and also its management team.

These two plants have total cement capacity of 5.15 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) and have adequate reserves of limestone.

After the disinvestment by Jafarge-Holcim group, its cement capacity will come around 68 million tonnes in India. The local cement companies ACC cement and Ambuja Cement are part of this group.

About Birla Corp:

Birla Corp was incorporated in 1919 as a part of the MP Birla Group. It is one of the leader in domestic cement sector and also has presence in jute sector.

The company’s cement operational capacity is 10 million Tonnes per annum (mtpa) and after completion of this deal its capacity will increase to 15 mtpa.

About Lafarge India:

It is France-based Company that has specialisation in cement, concrete, construction aggregates and is world leader in building materials.

It entered in Indian market in 1999 currently holds 6 cement plants and 68 ready-mix concrete plants in India.

Lafarge merged with Swiss cement company Holcim on Swiss on 15 July 2015 and is operational around the globe under the name LafargeHolcim.

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Greenko to sell India’s assets to GIC of Singapore for Rs. 1,600 crore

Hyderabad based renewable energy company Greenko has agreed to sell its India assets to Singapore based sovereign wealth fund company GIC for about 1,600 crore Rupees.

Greenko has signed a non-binding deal with GIC for the sale of the company’s trading activities, assets and all its shares in Greenko Mauritius which also comprise ownership and operation of clean energy projects in India.

About Greenko:

It is Hyderabad based market leading owner and operator of clean energy projects which includes wind, hydropower, natural gas and biomass in India.

The company is listed on AIM of London Stock Exchange. Its installed energy generation capacity is 904 MW

About GIC

The Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) is established by the Government of Singapore in 1981. It manages Singapore’s foreign reserves and enhances the international purchasing power of the reserves.

It invests internationally in equities, money-market instruments, fixed income, real estate and special investments which is also acknowledged by highest corporate credit ratings by both Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, of AAA and Aaa respectively.

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Warren Buffett led Berkshire Hathaway to buy Precision Castparts for $37.2 billion

The billionaire Warren E Buffett led Berkshire Hathaway has agreed to acquire the metal parts manufacturer Precision Castparts Corporation (PCC) for 37.2 billion US dollars.

This will be the one of the largest takeovers ever undertaken by the billionaire’s company, Berkshire Hathaway will pay over 235 US dollar per share for the PCC that represents 21 per cent premium on its closing share price.

 

After the acquisition PCC will work independently under same name under Berkshire conglomerate and will also retain its headquarters in Portland, Oregon, US.

About Precision Castparts (PCC)

  • Precision Castparts Corporation (PCC) is one of largest manufacturer of variety of metal parts used in products like aircraft engines and gas turbines.
  • It began its operations from 1953 and now is operational with 155 plants worldwide. It is the supplier of choice for the world’s aerospace industry which is major source for America’s exports.

Berkshire Hathaway

  • Starting from textile business way back from 1888 is now the fifth largest public company in the world that now has holdings in various sectors like railroads, retail, manufacturing and insurance.
  • In 1964 the multi billionaire Warren E Buffett acquired the majority stakes in it and is current chairmen and CEO of the company that valued USD 354 billion.

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