JK Tyre to acquire Laksar (Haridwar) Tyre Unit of Kesoram Industries
National, India —September 12, 2015— JK Tyre & Industries Limited (JK Tyre) and JK Asia Pacific Singapore Pte Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of JK Tyre, have signed a binding term sheet with Kesoram Industries Limited (KIL) to acquire one hundred percent equity in Cavendish Industries Limited (CIL). CIL houses a Tyre Business Undertaking located at Haridwar (Laksar) which manufactures a range of tyres, tubes and flaps.
JK Group has agreed for this acquisition at an enterprise value not exceeding INR 2200 crores, subject to conditions, wherein JK Tyre will hold the largest shareholding block and shall have substantial management control of CIL with an option to place upto 55% with its Associates/Group Companies.
The acquisition is proposed to be funded, by combination of debt and internal accruals raised by JK Tyre and other JK Group entities. The financial exposure of JK Tyre in the acquisition is expected to be of the order of INR 450 crores. The final transaction is expected to consummate over next few months (subject to various approvals) with definitive documentation expected to be executed between the Parties in due course of time.
The acquisition will provide JK Tyre with further impetus towards ready expansion in the Truck & Bus Radials segment where it is a market leader as well as entry into the fast growing 2 / 3 Wheeler tyre market. Accordingly, JK Tyre estimates the transaction to be strategic, revenue accretive and synergistic with its existing tyre business.
Per Dr Raghupati Singhania, Chairman of JK Tyre – “The Transaction is a reflection of the inherent strength of the Company in undertaking acquisitions with turnaround potential and successfully delivering results to all the stakeholders in the business. This was recently evidenced by a similar success story in JK Tyre’s acquisition of Tornel, Mexico.”
JK Group, is one of the leading conglomerates in India with business interests in automotive tyres, cement, paper, auto-components and other businesses. The flagship company of the JK Group in the Tyres’ Business, JK Tyre & Industries Limited is amongst the top three automotive tyre manufacturers in India with presence in truck, bus, passenger cars and other vehicles, having nine manufacturing plants all over the world, global dealer and distribution network and strong brands (JK Tyre, Vikrant, Tornel). JK Tyre is amongst the largest players in tyres in India and parts of Asia.
Aurum Equity Partners LLP is acting as transaction advisors to JK Group for this deal.