Miglanis to raise Rs.1,800 crore

Written by Viraj Nair | Mumbai | Updated: Dec 29 2012, 09:08am hrs
Owners of Uttam Galva Steels plan to raise funds from PSBs to revive Lloyds Steel

The Miglani family, owners of Uttam Galva Steels, plans to raise R1,800 crore from state-run banks within the next three months to provide for Lloyds Steel's working capital needs, after taking management control of the ailing steelmaker.

The Miglanis, which recently acquired a 58.35% stake in Lloyds Steel, outlined plans to revive the steelmaker's business by lowering financing costs, as well as improving product mix and operational efficiency. The plan includes doubling the company's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) in the next four quarters and increasing the facility's capacity utilisation by 50% over the next year.

Rajinder Miglani, Ankit Miglani and Rajiv Mundal have joined Lloyd's Steel board, replacing the company's former promoters who resigned, including Mumbai-based industrialist Mukesh Gupta. The Gupta family continues to hold 23% stake in the company.

Lloyds Steel shares surged nearly 20% to close at R13.71 on Friday on the BSE, as investors welcomed the changes.

The Miglanis, which have so far invested R647 crore in the company including R77 crore on buying equity through an open offer, are in talks with PSU banks to raise R1,500 crore in fund-based and R300 crore in non-fund based capital, Uttam Galva's deputy managing director Ankit Miglani told reporters at a press conference on Friday.

Currently, Lloyds doesn't have any working capital limits and borrows money from secondary and tertiary markets at a cost of 24-25%, this will drop significantly once we get support from PSU banks and we're confident of achieving this by the first quarter, Miglani said.

Lloyds Steel, which has a steelmaking capacity of 1 million tonnes per annum (MTPA), has reported net losses of R213 crore in the last two financial years. It has a total long term debt of R441 crore. The company's exit from BIFR has opened it up for lending from PSUs.

While Lloyds Steel's debt level is not worrying at a 1:1 debt-equity ratio, the company needs money for working capital, which in the steel industry is more important than actual capex, Miglani said. There are no plans to merge or delist Lloyds Steel at the moment, with the priority being reviving the company's business, he added.

There has been talk of billionaire Laxmi Mittal's ArcelorMittal gaining an indirect foothold into steelmaking in India as the company owns a 33.8% stake in Uttam Galva Steel, but Miglani said the steel giant has not yet expressed interest in Lloyds Steel.

However, we are always open to bringing in strategic investors who can add value to our ventures, Miglani said, adding that they were also in talks with private equity funds to bring in investment. He did not specify how much the group plans to raise through PE investment. The unlisted Uttam Galva Metallics, through two of its subsidiaries, Ultimate Logistics Solutions and Metallurgical Engineering and Equipments acquired the stake in Lloyds Steel.