Mumbai: An investor group led by Dalmia Bharat Ltd, with backing from Bain Capital, submitted the highest bid for India’s Binani Cement Ltd, which is being sold under the country’s insolvency process, people with knowledge of the matter said.
The Dalmia Bharat consortium made a final offer of more than Rs6,300 crore, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. That topped the proposal from Indian billionaire Kumar Mangalam Birla’s UltraTech Cement Ltd, which bid just above Rs6,200 crore, the people said.
While Dalmia Bharat offered the most money, there’s no certainty its bid will be selected as the best offer, according to the people. UltraTech, which is India’s biggest cement manufacturer, scored higher on some other evaluation criteria, the people said. A decision on the winning bidder could be made within the next week, one of the people said.
A new Indian bankruptcy law designed to clear out distressed assets has set off a contest for more than Rs4 trillion of deals and has spurred interest from both foreign and domestic companies and funds.
Representatives for Aditya Birla Group, which controls UltraTech, and Dalmia Bharat declined to comment. A representative for Binani Cement didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment outside regular Indian business hours.
Dalmia Bharat made a joint offer with India Resurgence Fund, which is backed by Bain Capital Credit and local conglomerate Piramal Enterprises Ltd, the people said. Both the Dalmia Bharat consortium and UltraTech offered around a 20% stake to Binani Cement creditors, the people said. Bloomberg