BK Birla favours merger of timber and cement units

BK Birla favours merger of timber and cement units
Published: 05 July 2010

Basant Kumar Birla, chairman of B.K. Birla Group, is in favour of merging two group companies, Mangalam Timber and Mangalam Cement.

Loss-making Mangalam Timber’s board May 3 recommended merger of the company with Mangalam Cement. But the latter in a communication to the bourses May 12 had sought more information from Mangalam Timber for examining the merger issue.

’Directors and labourers are objecting to the merger proposal so I told my people since I have the majority holding it would not be a problem to go ahead with it,’ Birla told reporters on the sidelines of the annual general meeting of Kesoram Industries.

Birla’s granddaughter Vidula Jalan and Anshuman Jalan are managing the companies now. ’They want to wait for few months before amalgamation,’ he said.

He further said he wants to increase the promoter’s stakes of both the companies from present around 30 to 40 per cent.