GHCL sells home textile biz to Indo Count for Rs 576 crore

GHCL sells home textile biz to Indo Count for Rs 576 crore

With addition of almost 50% new capacity, Indo Count becomes the largest home textile bedding company, globally, with annual capacity of approximately 153 million meters.

Indo Count Industries Limited, a leading manufacturer and exporter of home textiles, has entered into a Business Transfer Agreement (BTA) with GHCL Ltd for acquisition of its Home Textile business at Vapi, Gujarat, on a going concern basis by way of a slump sale and asset transfer agreement (ATA) for acquisition of specified assets of the US subsidiary of GHCL.

“In order to meet the growing demand and capture the business opportunities, Indo Count Industries’ Board has approved a BTA with GHCL for the aforesaid acquisition which has a fully operational manufacturing facility of 45 million meters annually located at Vapi, Gujarat. The facility also has sufficient land to double the capacity in the future. The cost of acquisition is Rs 576 crores,” said the company in a press release.

This acquisition will catapult Indo Count to a leadership position in the global home textiles bedding segment. With addition of almost 50% new capacity, Indo Count becomes the largest home textile bedding company, globally, with annual capacity of approximately 153 million meters. Indo Count adds a whole new avenue of customer base which is untapped, thereby leading to gain in global market share. It can leverage joint capabilities of Design, Innovation and Products to a wider spectrum of customers, and de-risk manufacturing facilities with twin state geographical diversity. Addition of GHCL’s home textile business has the potential to add approximately Rs 1,300-1,500 crores per annum to Indo Count’s topline.

The transaction includes acquisition of the Home Textile business of GHCL Limited as a going concern, on a slump sale basis, which includes its manufacturing facility at Vapi, Gujarat along with specified assets (inventory and intellectual property) of Grace Home Fashions LLC, US subsidiary of GHCL. Acquisition will be funded through mix of internal accruals and debt. The transaction is expected to be consummated by March 2022 subject to necessary approvals and completion of Condition Precedents (CP) in the BTA.

Commenting on this acquisition, Anil Kumar Jain, Executive Chairman, Indo Count Industries Limited, said, “Today marks a landmark occasion for Indo Count with our Board approving the acquisition of the Home Textile business of GHCL. This is a significant step towards achieving a formidable leadership position in the Home Textile Bedding business ‘globally’. The new enhanced capacity will fuel growth for Indo Count to efficiently scale and serve a wider spectrum of customers and markets thereby increasing its global market share. This strategy enhances our customer centric approach leading to increased flexibility and better service levels. Further, we will leverage the joint capabilities of design and innovation to offer complete sleep experience. We welcome the new team to Indo Count’s family and look forward to utilize their skills and experience to achieve the Company’s long-term vision.”

Edelweiss Finance & Investments Limited acted as transaction advisor and Khaitan & Co acted as legal advisor to the transaction.

Indo Count Industries Ltd (ICIL) is one of India’s largest home textile manufacturers. Anil Kumar Jain, Executive Chairman, has been ranked 10th amongst the India’s Best Top 100 CEO’s 2017 by Business Today. Under his leadership, the company has achieved new milestones in the home textile business and has built significant presence across globe. Over the years, the company has successfully carved out a niche for itself and has become a total bedding resource.

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