Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Magma Leasing to raise $15 mn from the Netherlands-based financial institution FMO

Magma Leasing Limited will make a private placement of $15 mn or around Rs. 65 crores of redeemable preference shares to The Netherlands Development Finance Company (Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden - FMO). This follows an earlier investment of Rs. 21 crores by FMO in Magma preference shares in February 2006. The investment will be treated as Tier-2 capital in the company, as per RBI guidelines. The funds raised would be used strengthen the balance-sheet and drive business volume growth.

Magma had received an investment of Rs. 105 crores in August 2006 from the UK-based Cambridge Place Investment Management and following its merger with Kolkata-based Shrachi Infrastructure Finance Limited, Magma now had a branch network at 154 locations and over Rs. 5500 crores worth of assets under management.

Magma finances commercial vehicles, cars, construction equipment, and multi-utility vehicles, and users in semi-urban and rural markets contribute a significant proportion of its business. It also has fee-based businesses like distribution of insurance and personal loan products.

Read the article in Business Standard.
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