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Aditya Birla Chemicals to merge with Grasim Industries

Mumbai: The Board of Directors of Grasim Industries Limited (“Grasim”) has approved the proposed merger of Aditya Birla Chemicals (India) Limited (“ABCIL”), an Aditya Birla Group company, with Grasim. The swap ratio approved by the Board is 1 (one) share of Rs. 10 each of Grasim for every 16 (sixteen) shares of Rs.10 each of ABCIL. Grasim will issue 14.62 lakh new shares, which will increase its share capital to Rs.93.31 crore. Grasim is the leading manufacturer of caustic soda in India, with an installed capacity of ~ 452,500 tonnes per annum. Its plants are located at Nagda (Madhya Pradesh) and at Vilayat (Gujarat), where a unit was recently commissioned. Caustic soda is inter-alia used as an input in the manufacturing of viscose staple fibre, which is a major business of Grasim. ABCIL is one of the leading chlor-alkali companies in India with three manufacturing plants located at Rehla (Jharkhand), Renukoot (UP) and Karwar (Karnataka) with an installed capacity of ~293,000 tonnes of caustic soda per annum and 110 MW of captive power plant. The proposed merger will consolidate Aditya Birla Group’s chlor–alkali business into Grasim and strengthen its existing portfolio of viscose staple fibre, caustic soda and allied chemicals in standalone company. The merger will enable the geographical diversification for Grasim through the addition of ABCIL’s manufacturing facilities spread across the country. It also enables the business to capitalise growth opportunities by bringing in operational and financial synergies, backed by Grasim’s strength. The consolidation is in line with Aditya Birla Group’s philosophy to unify similar business in one company. Scheme of Amalgamation The proposed merger will be undertaken through a Court approved Scheme of Amalgamation under Sections 391 to 394 of the Companies Act, 1956 read with other applicable provisions of the Companies Act, 1956 and the Companies Act, 2013. Walker Chandiok & Co LLP has recommended the share exchange ratio, which has been accepted by the Board. Axis Capital Limited has provided a fairness opinion to the Board of Grasim on the share exchange ratio recommended by the independent valuer. Khaitan & Co is the legal advisor to the transaction.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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