Grasim Industries To Acquire Soktas India For Rs 165 Crore
Spools of thread sit on a textile embroidery machine. (Photographer: Taylor Weidman/Bloomberg)

Grasim Industries To Acquire Soktas India For Rs 165 Crore

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Grasim Industries Ltd., part of Aditya Birla Group, on Wednesday said it will fully acquire textile firm Soktas India Pvt. Ltd. for an enterprise value of Rs 165 crore.

Soktas India has presence in the premium fabrics segment under the brand name of Sokta, Giza House and Excellence by Sokta. The deal will help the Aditya Birla group in strengthening its presence in the segment.

The transaction will be funded by the company primarily from its internal accruals and the payment would be subject to net debt and working capital adjustments, as of the closing date, said a joint statement.

SIPL will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Grasim upon the completion of the transaction, it said.

Currently, SIPL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Soktas Tekstil Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S., world producer and marketer of fabrics, with its main facilities in Soke, Turkey.

According to Grasim Industries, SIPL has a manufacturing facility located at Kolhapur, Maharashtra, with a capacity of about 10 million metres per annum of finished fabric.

Commenting on it, Aditya Birla Group Business Head for Textiles Thomas Varghese said: “The acquisition is in line with Grasim's Linen business strategy to strengthen its presence in the premium fabric market. Increasing disposable income, fashion and quality orientation of Indian consumers have resulted in an increase in the demand for premium fabric over the years.”

In 2017-18, SIPL had reported a revenue of Rs 186 crore.

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