Mahindra CIE to buy Bengaluru’s Bill Forge for Rs1,331.2 crore

Mahindra CIE would issue 31,991,563 shares to the shareholders of Bill Forge besides it will also issue 22,500,000 shares to Participaciones Internacionales, one of the promoters of Forge


A screen grab of Mahindra CIE Automotive  website
A screen grab of Mahindra CIE Automotive website

New Delhi: Mahindra group’s auto component arm Mahindra CIE Automotive on Monday said it will acquire Bengaluru-based Bill Forge for Rs1,331.2 crore.

The company’s board, which met on Monday, approved 100% acquisition of Bill Forge Pvt Ltd and authorised signing of acquisition agreement, Mahindra CIE Automotive said in a regulatory filing.

“The acquisition would substantially increase revenue and profitability of the company from Asian markets and reinforce its position as one of the leading global forgings player,” it added.

The acquisition also leads to diversification of the company’s business portfolio including entry into the two-wheeler segment, it added. The acquisition is proposed to be completed by end of October 2016, it said.

As on 31 March 2016, Bill Forge had posted revenues of Rs582.3 crore and profit after tax (PAT) of Rs51.4 crore.

As part of the deal, Mahindra CIE would issue 31,991,563 shares to the shareholders of Bill Forge besides it will also issue 22,500,000 shares to Participaciones Internacionales Autometal, one of the promoters of the Bengaluru-based firm.

Founded in 1982, Bill Forge is a market leader in precision forging. It has six manufacturing facilities in the country across Bangaluru, Coimbatore amd Haridwar. It is also setting up a plant at Celaya in Mexico. It supplies to a number of domestic and and global two-wheeler and passenger vehicle makers.

Mahindra CIE Automotive’s board also approved raising of Rs700 crore by way of issuing securities, including qualified institutions placement (QIP).

Commenting on the deal, Mahindra CIE Automotive (MCIE) CEO JesusMaria Herrera said: “We are impressed with the high growth and profitable business built by them (Bill Forge). We believe that their integration with MCIE, will provide further opportunities for growth for both MCIE and BFPL.”

Bill forge managing director Anil Haridass said: “We see a strong cultural and value fit between the CIE group and our company. We believe that the combination with MCIE will be beneficial for all stakeholders – customers, suppliers and employees.” MCIE is a large diversified auto components supplier formed as a result of partnership between Mahindra Group and CIE Automotive S A of Spain.

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