Grasim and Ultratech deal to help reduce CTIL's debt, says KM Birla
Century Textiles and Industries (CTIL) in May this year announced plans to demerge its cement business into Aditya Birla group firm UltraTech Cement.
Century Textiles and Industries' decision to demerge the cement business into UltraTech Cement and transfer the viscose filament yarn business to Grasim will help it reduce the debt and focus on textiles, pulp and paper and real estate businesses, a top company official said.
The company last year also entered into a deal with Grasim Industries to manage and operate its viscose filament yarn (VFY) business for a period of 15 years. The agreement would provide Grasim the right to use the relevant assets of CTIL, however, the ownership of assets to remain with CTIL.
Grasim would be paying Rs 600 crore royalty and a refundable security deposit of Rs 200 crore, to be done through internal accruals. "This will help the company in reducing its debt," CTIL vice chairman Kumar Managalam Birla told shareholders at the annual general meeting today.
The company's debt is estimated at around Rs 4,100 crore at present. Currently, CTIL has exposure to the cement, textiles, pulp and paper and real estate businesses. Its VFY plant is located at Shahad, Thane, having a capacity of 25,000 tonne, which includes 19,000 tonnes of VFY and 6,000 tonnes in rayon tyre yarn.
"CTIL has also decided to demerge 13.4 million tonne cement capacity to UltraTech Cement which will enable transfer of debt of around Rs 3,000 crore," Birla said, adding UltraTech is in a growth phase and the acquisition will give the company ready capacities in growing markets.
Shareholders of CTIL will receive one share of UltraTech for every eight shares held. "This transaction will help the firm in the deleveraging balance sheet and creating an opportunity for its growth in the remaining businesses especially in unlocking the value in the real estate portfolio," he said.
Currently, the company has around 30 acres in Worli area in the city, besides around 100 acres in Kalyan. It also has the land parcel in Pune, which will be developed at a later stage, the company said. The company yesterday reported a net profit of Rs 162.66 crore for the three months to June, against Rs 120.24 crore in the year-ago period.
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