© Reuters. The logo of the Adani Group is seen on the facade of one of its buildings on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, April 13, 2021. REUTERS/Amit Dave/File Photo
(Reuters) -India’s Adani Group acquired a controlling stake in Holcim (SIX:) AG’s cement businesses in India in a $10.5 billion deal to become the second biggest cement producer in the country, Adani Group said in a statement on Sunday.
Asia’s richest person Gautam Adani’s conglomerate acquired 63.19% of Ambuja Cements Ltd. and its subsidiary ACC in fierce bidding with local companies.
Ambuja and ACC have a combined capacity to produce at least 70 million tonnes of cement annually, second to UltraTech Cement which has 120 million tonnes capacity.
The Adani family, through an offshore special purpose vehicle, had entered into definitive agreements for the acquisition of Switzerland-based Holcim Ltd’s entire stake in Ambuja and ACC, the Adani Group said in a statement.
Holcim said in a statement it had signed a binding agreement for the Adani Group to acquire Holcim’s business in India, comprising its stake in Ambuja Cement, which owns a 50.05% interest in ACC, as well as its 4.48% direct stake in ACC. Holcim would receive nearly $6.4 billion for the stakes.
The Adani Group said it will acquire more shares through an open offer.
The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2022, Holcim said.
Adani Group’s flagship firm Adani Enterprises Ltd. has two cement subsidiaries. Adani Cementation Ltd. plans to build an integrated facility in western Gujarat and Maharastra states, according to a official in the Adani group.
The divestment is the latest move by Holcim as it seeks to reduce its reliance on cement production, an industrial process which produces high levels of carbon and has therefore deterred many environmentally-conscious investors.
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