Here is how Holcim, Ambuja and ACC have repeatedly short-changed investors. Those making a noise today abetted the previous cases of malfeasance
Ambuja Cement Limited (ACL) announced a layered deal to amalgamate Holcim (India) Pvt Ltd, with itself under which ACL will acquire a 24% stake in Holcim India by paying it Rs3,500 crore. This will give Holcim an additional 10.85% stake in ACL, while giving away a 19.42% beneficial interest in ACC Ltd. Then, when Holcim and ACL are amalgamated, Ambuja Holdings will end up with a 50.01% stake in ACC.
Anil Singhvi, former chief of ACL, calls this a fraud on minority shareholders, because it amounts to taking out Rs3,500 crore of cash from ACL by paying a premium, while diluting its shareholding by 30%. The Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has chipped in saying it proposes to examine the deal closely from the minority shareholders’ perspective.