Friday, January 12, 2007

IFC, DEG planning to acquire a stake in SICOM

The private equity arm of the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and Germany-based DEG, one of the largest European development finance institutions, are eyeing a stake in the State Industrial Corporation of Maharashtra (SICOM), the investment arm of Maharashtra government. Standard Chartered Private Equity (SCPE), Lehman Brothers, Temasek and a couple of hedge funds may also be interested in picking up stake in SICOM.

Existing shareholder in SICOM, the Specified Undertaking of Unit Trust of India (SU-UTI) is planning to fully divest its 36.5% in SICOM. Both IFC and DEG have approached the investment banker appointed by SU-UTI for the divestment. UTI AMC holds another 3.5% in the corporation.

SICOM offers advisory services to the government of Maharashtra, Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission as well as other corporates. It also gives investment facilitation services to MNCs as well as Indian companies who wish to setup their manufacturing units in Maharashtra. The company is launching a second venture fund and would be soon offering merchant banking, treasury management of state PSUs, real estate development through subsidiary or joint ventures.

Read the article in Business Standard.

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