Thursday, March 15, 2007

Sical Logistics to receive Rs. 110 crores private equity from IDFC; to hive off non-core activities

Sical Logistics Limited will receive private equity funding of around Rs. 110 crores from IDFC Private Equity from its IDFC Private Equity Fund II. The proposed investment would be through a preferential issue of equity shares. SSKI Corporate Finance was the advisor to Sical for the fund raising exercise.

Sical intends to become a pure play integrated logistics provider. It is now in the final stages of divesting its non-logistics businesses. As part of this process, Sical proposes to de-merge the non-logistics businesses comprising of trading undertakings, services undertaking and coffee plantations as per the de-merger scheme approved by the board. The ratio for issue of shares upon de-merger has been endorsed by Ernst & Young. Additionally, Sical is also hiving off some of the other non-core businesses including palm oil, refractory, auto, drums, agri-bio products, specialty chemicals and flexible shafts. Buyers have been identified and relevant due diligence exercises are currently in the last stages. It is expected that a significant portion of the hive off exercise will be completed within FY 2007.

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