Holcim gets FIPB approval for India restructure

Holcim gets FIPB approval for India restructure
Published: 14 November 2013


Holcim has received approval from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) of India to merge Holcim India Private Ltd (HIPL) with Ambuja Cements as part of plans to streamline its operations there.

Holcim, which holds majority stakes in ACC and Ambuja Cements, announced plans in July to consolidate operations. In a two stage deal, Ambuja will first acquire a 24 per cent stake in HIPL for a cash consideration of INR35,000m (US$~600m), followed by a stock merger between HIPL and Ambuja. As part of the merger, Holcim will receive 584 million new equity shares of Ambuja resulting in an increase of its ownership in Ambuja from the current 50.55 per cent to 61.39 per cent.

However, the deal is also likely to be subject to the approval of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).