Patanjali bids Ruchi Soya for 9,000 crore; possibly the top bidder

23 April, 2018

 

 Patanjali Ayurved has bidden, the debt-ridden Ruchi Soya Industries Ltd (RSIL) for9,000-crore to acquire through the ongoing insolvency process under the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).At over 9,000 crore, Patanjali’s bid could be one of the highest bids, even though all the bids are yet to be officially opened.

Patanjali was earlier a distributor of Ruchi Soya’s products.

Ruchi Soya has attracted interest from the maximum number of companies. The company expects the process to be completed by June 13.

Ruchi Soya is the largest edible oilseed extraction and refining company in India, with a 3.72 mtpa capacity. It is also the largest player in the cooking oil and soya foods category in the country.

The company’s debt stood at about 12,000 crore as of December 31, 2017.

Ruchi Soya brand portfolio includes Nutrela, Mahakosh, Sunrich, Ruchi Gold and Ruchi Star. In December 2017, the NCLT’s Mumbai bench admitted Ruchi Soya’s insolvency resolution process under the IBC, following petitions by Standard Chartered Bank and DBS Bank.

Last year, Ruchi Soya announced a 51 per cent stake sale to private equity major Devonshire Capital for about 4,000 crore. However, with the NCLT admitting the case, the deal was deemed null and void.

Over 26 companies have expressed interest in acquiring India’s largest edible oil maker. The bid placed by Patanjali could be the highest, according to sources close to the development. The short-listing is expected to start this week, while an announcement is expected in 7-10 days, though a decision may take up to May 15.

The others bidders for Ruchi Soya are ITC, Emami, Godrej Agrovet, Sakuma Exports, Phoenix ARC, AION Capital Partners, 3F Oil Palm Agrotech, Singapore-based palm oil firm Musim Mas, global investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, the Indian subsidiary of US-based Cargill Corp, Singaporean palm oil company Golden-Agri Resources and Malaysia’s Sime Darby Bhd.

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