Monday, March 26, 2007

ADM Capital to invest $107 mn in textile firm S Kumar's and retail arm Brandhouse

Hong Kong-based private equity firm ADM Capital is investing $107 mn into textiles firm S Kumar's Nationwide Limited and its retail arm Brandhouse Retail. ADM will invest $82 mn to acquire a 10% stake in S Kumar's and $25 mn will be invested in Brandhouse Retail for another 10% stake in the company. S Kumar's will issue convertible warrants to ADM Capital. The deal values the S Kumar's share at Rs. 82.5, while the Brandhouse Retail share has been valued at Rs. 85. S Kumar's will utilize $30 mn to repay lenders, while $52 mn will be used to fund capital expenditure plans.

S Kumar's is a Mumbai-based Rs. 1000-crore textiles and apparel conglomerate. It operates in the worsted, ready-to-wear, consumer textiles, home textiles segments. Brandhouse Retail, which was de-merged from S Kumars, will utilize the entire $25 mn to fuel growth plans. It is also expected to be listed on the exchanges as a separate entity by August. Brandhouse will invest Rs. 400 crores to open 1000 stores across the country over the next three years. It owns and operates S Kumar's apparel and textile showrooms and manages international brands such as Dunhill, Escada and Stephens Brothers.

Read more in the DNA Money article.
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