Wednesday, March 14, 2007

GIC and IDFC Private Equity buy 31% stake in Quipo Infrastructure for Rs. 150 crores to fund growth plans

GIC Special Investments, Singapore and IDFC Private Equity have picked up around 15.5% share each, totaling 31%, in Quipo Infrastructure Equipment Limited (QIEL) for Rs. 150 crores.

Quipo has been promoted by the SREI Group, one of the largest equipment retail companies in the country. It will use the funds to part-finance a capital expenditure plan of over Rs. 3400 crores over the next two years. Following this, the paid-up equity capital of the company is estimated to be around Rs. 90 crores with a total net worth around Rs. 225 crores. SREI’s shareholding in Quipo has come down to 15.5% from 22%. Dutch FMO and SwedFund hold around 22%, while other shareholders like Ingersoll Rand and other venture capital funds hold the balance.

Apart from internal cash generation, the company plans to go in for various debt options to fund its capex plans. Around Rs. 1200 crores of debt will be raised next fiscal. A large part of the capital expenditure of almost Rs. 2000 crores will go towards building almost 6000 telecom towers across the country. Quipo, through its subsidiary has been involved in the renting of towers to leading telecom operators.

The company is expected to gross a turnover of around Rs. 200 crores in the current fiscal and the new business is likely to double revenues from next year.

Read the article in DNA Money.

No comments: