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Mahindra CIE set to buy Bengaluru's Bill Forge for Rs 1,331.2 cr

Mahindra group's auto component arm Mahindra CIE Automotive on Monday said it will acquire Bengaluru-based Bill Forge for Rs 1,331.2 crore. The company's board, which met today, approved 100 per cent acquisition of Bill Forge Pvt Ltd and authorised signing of acquisition agreement, Mahindra CIE Automotive said in a regulatory filing.

"The acquisition would substantially increase revenue and profitability of the company from Asian markets and reinforce its position as one of the leading global forgings player," it added. 

The acquisition also leads to diversification of the company's business portfolio including entry into the two-wheeler segment, it added. The acquisition is proposed to be completed by end of October 2016, it said. As on March 31, 2016, Bill Forge had posted revenues of Rs 582.3 crore and profit after tax (PAT) of Rs 51.4 crore. As part of the deal, Mahindra CIE would issue 31,991,563 shares to the shareholders of Bill Forge besides it will also issue 22,500,000 shares to Participaciones 
Internacionales Autometal, one of the promoters of the Bengaluru-based firm.

Founded in 1982, Bill Forge is a market leader in precision forging. It has six manufacturing facilities in the country across Bangaluru, Coimbatore amd Haridwar. It is also setting up a plant at Celaya in Mexico. It supplies to a number of domestic and and global two-wheeler and passenger vehicle makers.

Mahindra CIE Automotive's board also approved raising of Rs 700 crore by way of issuing securities, including qualified institutions placement (QIP).  Mahindra CIE Automotive scrip ended at Rs 190.90 apiece on the BSE, down 3.63 per cent from previous close. 
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