UltraTech arm to sell entire stake in Chinese cement firm

Mumbai: Krishna Holdings, a subsidiary of UltraTech Nathdwara Cement, will sell its entire 92.5 percent stake in China’s Shandong Binani Rongan Cement for around $129 million.

UltraTech Nathdwara Cement is a subsidiary of the UltraTech Cement.

In a regulatory filing on Tuesday, UltraTech said, “Krishna Holdings, incorporated in Singapore and a subsidiary of the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary UltraTech Nathdwara Cement, has informed that it has entered into a binding agreement for divesting its entire shareholding of 92.5 percent in Shandong Binani Rongan Cement.”

“Krishna Holdings will divest its entire shareholding at an enterprise value of RMB 845 million +/- working capital adjustments on closing, equivalent to $120 million (approx), subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals in compliance with the local laws,” it said.

Shandong Binani Rongan Cement was set up in 2007 as a 70:30 joint venture between India’s Binani Cement and China’s Rizhao Rongan Construction Materials Co. In 2018, UltraTech acquired Binani Cement through the insolvency route and the China-based joint venture became a part of UltraTech’s portfolio.

UltraTech’s exit from the Chinese company comes at a time when chorus for boycott of Chinese products and developing Indian supply chain is growing amid the recent border tussle with the northern neighbour in which 20 Indian soldiers were martyred.

(IANS)

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