• Wednesday, July 24, 2024


Adani group firm to acquire Penna Cement

The deal will increase Adani’s market share in cement in southern India

FILE PHOTO: Gautam Adani . REUTERS/Amir Cohen

By: Pramod Thomas

GAUTAM ADANI-Adani Group said it will acquire Hyderabad-based Penna Cement at an enterprise value of Rs 104.22 billion (£980 million), which will add 14 million tonnes of annual capacity to the country’s second largest cement manufacturer.

The deal will increase Adani’s market share in cement in southern India and give an entry into Sri Lanka, where Penna Cement operates a unit through a local subsidiary.

Besides, this deal will also provide sufficient limestone reserves to the growth-hungry Adani group firm, which is aspiring to achieve a 140 MTPA (million tonnes per annum) capacity by FY28.

“A binding agreement for the acquisition has been signed and Ambuja Cements, an Adani group firm, will acquire 100 per cent shares of Penna Cement from its existing promoter group P Pratap Reddy and family,” said a statement.

After the acquisition, the total production capacity of Ambuja Cement would climb up to to 89 MTPA, it added.

“This acquisition will be fully funded through internal accruals,” said Ambuja Cements.

Ambuja Cements CEO & whole time director Ajay Kapur said it is a “significant step” forward in the company’s accelerating growth journey.

“By acquiring Penna, Ambuja is poised to expand its market presence in south India and reinforce its position as a pan-India leader in the cement industry,” he said.

“Penna Cement has 14 MTPA cement capacity in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Rajasthan, of which 10 MTPA is operational, and the remaining is under-construction at Krishnapatnam (2 MTPA) and Jodhpur (2 MTPA) and will be completed within 6 to 12 months.”

“The deal “strengthens Adani Cement’s sea transportation logistics with five bulk cement terminals at Kolkata, Gopalpur, Karaikal, Kochi and Colombo to serve peninsular India,” he added.

Besides, the acquisition will also improve Adani’s market share pan-India by 2 per cent and 8 per cent in south India, the statement added.

The company expects to complete the acquisition “within 3–4 months”, however said it will be subject to necessary government/regulatory approvals.

“The acquisition is in line with the company’s strategy to increase its footprint in the cement manufacturing market,” said the Adani group firm.

Adani Cement is expanding its capacity organically and inorganically through acquisitions as per its vision to achieve a 140 MTPA capacity and around 20 per cent market share by 2028.

The Adani group had last December completed the acquisition of Saurashtra-based Sanghi Industries Ltd at an enterprise value of Rs £490m.

Penna Cement incorporated in October 1991. Around 90 per cent of the cement capacity of the firm comes with railway sidings, and some are supported by captive power plants and waste heat recovery systems.

Further, surplus clinker at the Jodhpur plant will support an additional 3 MTPA cement grinding capacity over and above 14 MTPA, the Adani group firm’s statement said.

According to Kapur, Penna’s strategic location and sufficient limestone reserves provide an opportunity to increase cement capacity through debottlenecking and additional investment.

“Importantly, the bulk cement terminals (BCTs) will prove to be a game changer by giving access to the eastern and southern parts of peninsular India, apart from an entry to Sri Lanka, through the sea route,” he said, adding “Our aim is to make Penna highly competitive on cost and productivity and improve its operating performance.”

Adani Group entered the cement sector in September 2022 after acquiring controlling stakes in Ambuja Cements from Swiss firm Holcim for cash proceeds of $6.4bn (£5bn). Ambuja Cements owns a 51 per cent stake in ACC Ltd.

Later, it also launched a £2.9bn open offer for the acquisition of 26 per cent additional stakes from public shareholders.

The Indian cement market is led by Aditya Birla group firm UltraTech Cement Ltd, which has a consolidated capacity of 152.7 MTPA.


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