Adani Group Is Said in Advanced Talks for Holcim India Units
Adani Group could sign an agreement to acquire a controlling stake in Ambuja Cements from Holcim as soon as in the coming days.
(Bloomberg) -- Gautam Adani’s conglomerate is in advanced talks to acquire Holcim Ltd.’s businesses in India, according to people familiar with the matter.
The billionaire’s Adani Group could sign an agreement to acquire a controlling stake in Ambuja Cements Ltd. from Holcim as soon as in the coming days, the people said, asking not to be identified as the information is private. Other bidders including JSW Group remain interested in the assets, they said.
Holcim, which controls 63.1% of the company, has been considering the sale of its stake, Bloomberg News has reported. Ambuja’s subsidiaries include ACC Ltd., which is also publicly traded.
Ambuja shares rose as much as 3.9%, touching their higest intraday level since Jan. 18 and giving the company a market value of about $10 billion. ACC shares also climbed as high as 3.4%, and Adani Enterprises jumped as much as 5.7%. Holcim shares in Zurich rose up to 4%.
No final decisions have been made and talks could still fall apart, the people said. Representatives for Holcim and JSW Group declined to comment, while spokespeople for Adani and Ambuja didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
Holcim has recently been selling off non-core assets, divesting its Brazilian unit for $1 billion in September and planning the sale of its business in Zimbabwe.
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Founded in 1983, Ambuja has a cement capacity of 31 million metric tons, and has six integrated manufacturing plants and eight cement grinding units in India, its website shows.
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