Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Setco acquires Haldex manufacturing facility in the US for around $5 mn

Clutch manufacturer Setco Automotive has acquired the US manufacturing facility of Haldex Brake Products Corporation for $4.9 mn (around Rs. 22-23 crores). The company has a presence in 14 countries and intends to set up operations in 30 countries in three years. Last year, around the same time, Setco had acquired the Lipe Clutch division of the Dana Corporation for Rs. 16 crores. The acquisition would be funded, 13 crores in part by internal accruals, and Rs. 9 crores by way of debt, provided by the New York branch of Bank of Baroda.

Setco has acquired the company through its overseas subsidiary Setco Automotive NA in the UK.

The company, formerly known as Gujarat Setco Clutch, has posted a net profit of Rs. 5 crores on a total income of Rs. 67 crores last year. Harish Sheth, currently the MD of the company, and his family are the promoters of the company and hold 65% stake. New Vernon Private Equity holds 14% and the rest is widely held by the public. Setco has been a supplier of clutches to all major Indian truck companies including Tata Motors, Eicher and Ashok Leyland.

Read the articles from Business Standard and The Economic Times.

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