Wednesday, March 21, 2007

ICICI Ventures invests Rs. 82 crores in engineering firm Electrotherm

ICICI Ventures has invested Rs. 82 crores in engineering company Electrotherm India Limited, for an undisclosed stake. The investment will part-fund the second phase of Electrotherm’s expansion plans of Rs. 400 crores. In addition to the investment made by ICICI Ventures, the promoters would bring in Rs. 58 crores to meet the equity portion. Terms loans worth Rs. 200 crores and internal accruals of Rs. 60 crores would meet the balance funding requirements of the proposed expansion plans. The term loans have been sanctioned and disbursed and the Company has already invested Rs. 300 crores out of the total planned expenditure of Rs. 400 crores. KPMG Corporate Finance was the sole advisor for the transaction.

Electrotherm is an engineering and manufacturing company with major strength in power electronics. Leveraging its core strength in power electronics, the Company through its in house R&D facilities developed a battery-operated scooter, which has been a commercial success in Gujarat, and has also seen good response from other customers as well.

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