Mumbai: South Africa’s Sanlam Group is in talks with Ajay Piramal to accumulate a further Eight per cent in Shriram Capital, the principal holding firm of the Shriram Group’s monetary companies companies at a valuation of Rs 17,000-18,000 crore.

Three folks conscious of the discussions stated the talks are ongoing even because the Chennai-based monetary companies agency plans to merge two of its publicly traded entities Shriram Transport Finance Co and Shriram Metropolis Union Finance with the unlisted mum or dad Shriram Capital. That is being executed to simplify the company construction and facilitate exit for present buyers equivalent to TPG Capital and Piramal Enterprises.

At Rs 17,000 crore, Piramal’s Eight per cent stake in Shriram Capital is being valued at Rs 1,360 crore, whereas its 10 per cent in listed Shriram Metropolis Union is valued at Rs 873.16 crore.

As compared, the whole market worth of Shriram Capital within the listed corporations Shriram Metropolis Union Finance and Shriram Transport Finance is Rs 9,602 crore.

Kotak Mahindra Capital has been appointed by Shriram to compute the merger ratios. The merger, if and when it occurs, may even require the approval of a majority of minority shareholders of every of the entities. Among the minority shareholding will get diluted within the mixed construction.

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The proposed three-way merger will consequence within the computerized itemizing of Shriram Capital, as Shriram Metropolis Union and Shriram Transport are each listed. Sanlam is already an present investor in Shriram Capital with a 26 per cent stake together with Shriram Possession Belief (30.7 per cent), Shriwell Belief (13.four per cent), Piramal Group (20 per cent) and TPG Capital group (9.four per cent). People personal zero.5 per cent within the holding firm.

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Headroom to Purchase 7-Eight per cent in Holding Co

Sanlam can also be a three way partnership accomplice within the two life and basic insurance coverage subsidiaries, with 23 per cent and 22.96 per cent stake, respectively.

Sources stated due to its direct and oblique holding within the insurance coverage ventures, Sanlam has a headroom to purchase solely 7-Eight per cent within the holding firm. Native guidelines bar overseas insurers from proudly owning greater than 49 per cent in Indian insurance coverage corporations.

A Piramal spokesperson declined touch upon market hypothesis whereas R Thyagarajan, founding father of Shriram Group, denied Sanlam’s plans of a stake hike. “I verify there isn’t a provide from Sanlam to take any stake in Shriram Capital. Rumours float round. Discussions on merger have been happening throughout the corporations for months now and a plan could emerge in the end. As and when and if it occurs, the media will likely be stored knowledgeable,” Thyagarajan informed ET.

“Sanlam has been conscious that each the Piramal Group in addition to TPG are evaluating the feasibility of promoting their respective shareholding in Shriram Capital Restricted (SCL) and wouldn’t have something so as to add to what was already stated by the respective entities,” a Sanlam spokesperson informed ET.

In his latest interplay on October 25 following the CDPQ announcement, Ajay Piramal, chairman, Piramal Enterprises, had informed ET he was on observe to boost Rs Eight,000-10,000 crore within the monetary companies enterprise this monetary 12 months. “We have now raised Rs 2,400 crore from Shriram Transport stake sale in June and can increase Rs 5,400 crore from CDPQ and present buyers. We’ll increase funds additional by Shriram Capital. We’ll greater than ship on our dedication.”

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Between fiscal 2013 and monetary 2017, Shriram Capital (together with subsidiaries and associates), has raised fairness capital of over Rs 5,300 crore from the Piramal group and the Sanlam group.

Shriram Capital’s companies embrace business car finance, and client and enterprise finance by the listed Shriram Transport Finance and Shriram Metropolis Union Finance, retail inventory broking (Shriram Perception Share Brokers Ltd), life insurance coverage (Shriram Life), basic insurance coverage (Shriram Normal Insurance coverage), monetary product distribution (Shriram Fortune Options) and wealth advisory (Shriram Wealth Advisors).

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Piramal purchased 20 per cent in Shriram Capital for Rs 2,014 crore in 2014 and holds 10 per cent in Shriram Metropolis Union. It wished to merge Shriram Capital with Piramal Enterprises, the group flagship, however efforts failed because of the sheer distinction in measurement.

Piramal has been scouting for a purchaser for the Shriram stakes to boost badly-needed money for monetary companies companies which has been hit by considerations of publicity to weakened company lenders and actual property builders.

Piramal Enterprises bought 10 per cent in Shriram Transport Finance for Rs 2,300 crore some months again. However plans to exit Shriram Capital haven’t but borne fruit despite the fact that it ran a proper course of together with TPG by JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley in latest months to search out consumers for his or her mixed 30 per cent stake.