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Olam International buys Hemarus Industries - sugar, power, ethanol
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Date of posting: 01-09-11
      Olam International Limited, a leading global, integrated supply chain manager and processor of agricultural products and food ingredients, has announced that it has agreed to acquire 100% shareholding of Hemarus Industries Limited (“HIL”) with its 3,500 tons crush per day (TCD) sugar milling facility, a 20 MW co-generation facility and accompanying assets in India for a total purchase consideration of US$73.8 million (INR 3,400 million).

      In addition, Olam will further invest US$6.6 million to enhance the sugar milling capacity to 5,000 TCD.

      The consideration for the transaction of US$73.8 million was arrived at on a willing buyer-willing seller basis, taking into account the book value of the target of approximately US$70 million. The purchase consideration will be satisfied by part cash payment of approximately US$8 million and part assumption of debt of approximately US$66 million upon completion.

      The deal includes a new (recently commissioned) sugar milling facility of 3,500 TCD capacity, located in the most preferred sugar growing region of India (Kohlapur district of Maharashtra State), then a 20MW co-generation plant capable of handling coal feedstock. Also, additional licences to build a 45 Kilo litre per day (KLPD) ethanol facility and a 3500 TCD Sugar Mill in Belgaum district (with 20MW co-generation facility), plus 210 acres of land which would be sufficient for sugar mill capacity augmentation, setting up of an ethanol facility and the bio compost plant.

      Olam’s President for the Sugar business Devashish Chaubey said: “This acquisition is another step forward in our plans to build a configuration of sugar milling assets in large sugar producing countries that have a comparative cost advantage. In this regard, we had made our first investment in India, which is the world’s second largest sugar producer and the world’s largest sugar consumer when we acquired Giridharilal Sugar and Allied Industries (‘GSIL’) in the State of Madhya Pradesh in November 2008".

      Olam’s India and SAARC Regional Head, Sanjay Sacheti said: “This acquisition strengthens our position in the Indian sugar industry and is in line with our stated strategic objective of building an annual sugarcane crush capacity of between 2 to 2.5 million tons over the course of the next 5 years".

      At steady state, HIL is expected to contribute revenues of US$90 to 100 million with an expected Return on Equity of 32%. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.

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