In other news, IFMR eyes offshore credit as next big more, while CureFit is set to acquire healthcare start-ups, including Serenity Mental Health
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Consolidation in India’s $27 billion telecom industry has received a massive boost with British telecom major Vodafone Group Plc. confirming that it is in talks for a merger of its Indian unit with Aditya Birla Group’s Idea Cellular Ltd.
The proposed merger will create the nation’s largest telecom firm with combined revenue of Rs78,000 crore and a 43% share of the market hitherto dominated by Bharti Airtel Ltd, which reported annual revenue of Rs50,008 crore from local telecom operations in the last financial year.
CureFit Healthcare Pvt. Ltd, a healthcare and fitness start-up launched by former Flipkart executives Mukesh Bansal and Ankit Nagori, is all set to make two acquisitions as it prepares to launch its mobile app in the first half of the year.
CureFit, which bought fitness centre brand Cult for $3 million last August, is in talks to invest in another fitness centre in Bengaluru and a mental wellness services provider Serenity Mental Health, Nagori said in an interview.
American Tower Corporation (ATC) has emerged as the frontrunner to acquire Indian telecom operator Idea Cellular’s telecom towers at an enterprise value of as much as Rs4,500 crore, according to a report by The Economic Times.
Its tower business is managed by Idea Cellular Infrastructure Services, which operates 9,772 towers.
The company has been in discussion with Bharti Infratel and a few private equity players including Blackstone and Carlyle to sell it. However, ATC led the race with a bid of Rs4,300-4,500 crore, subject to final due diligence, the paper said citing sources.
Norway’s Telenor has evinced interest to explore a merger via share swap with the merged Aircel and Reliance Communication entity, The Economic Times reported citing sources. Telenor is looking to combine its business, customer base plus spectrum with the merged Aircel-RCom entity.
“Discussions among the three had started around last Christmas but it has been in a limbo for the last few weeks due to the Supreme Court shadow over Aircel’s local operations. By the end of this week, there will be clarity on that front. If the court decides to quash the Aircel license, then even the bigger Aircel-RCom merger will collapse,” the paper said, quoting an executive aware of the ongoing discussions.
Financial inclusion services provider IFMR Holdings, which will complete a decade this year, will embark on a major expansion drive, said a senior executive of the firm.
Founded by former ICICI Bank Ltd executives Bindu Ananth and Nachiket Mor, the group was set up in 2007 and today runs various businesses.
For IFMR Capital, expansion through the development of offshore credit markets is a big strategic imperative, said Sucharita Mukherjee, managing director and chief executive officer at IFMR Holdings.
“There is a deep investor base sitting offshore and the equity markets are a testament to that. We have to make that real in the debt and the mezzanine space. We think that is a huge strategic imperative and we believe it is a big opportunity,” she said.
Piramal Enterprises Ltd has acquired a portfolio of drugs for spasticity, a muscle control disorder, and pain management from UK-based Mallinckrodt Llc for $171 million (around Rs1,160 crore) in an all-cash deal, it said on Monday.
The acquisition, by the company’s UK subsidiary Piramal Critical Care, is a prelude to Piramal Enterprises’s plans to spin off and list its financial services unit and pharmaceuticals business, said chairman Ajay Piramal.
Suryoday Small Finance Bank is in the process to raise Rs100 crore through a rights issue to its investors, with a view to take its net worth to Rs450 crore.
Once an SFB (small finance bank) reaches net worth of Rs500 crore, it is mandatory to list within three years, which the bank hopes can be done by 2020. Suryoday is the only small finance bank from Maharashtra, but has a presence in seven states already, as it was a microfinance firm.
IDBI Bank-led consortium of lenders has put on sale 55% equity stake in GMR Rajahmundry Energy, which they had bought last year after the debt restructuring.
Last year, lenders had converted a part of their debt into equity in GMR Rajahmundry Energy, which operates a 768 MW natural gas-based power plant at Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh. GMR Rajahmundry Energy is a unit of GMR Infrastructure.