Godrej Consumer acquires South Africa’s Frika Hair

FMCG major Godrej Consumer Products Ltd today said it has fully acquired South Africa’s hair extensions…

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"By 2020, at an overall company level, we would like to have 40 per cent coming from rural and for insecticide it should be closer to that, around 35 per cent," GCPL Business Head-India and SAARC Sunil Kataria told PTI. (PTI)

FMCG major Godrej Consumer Products Ltd today said it has fully acquired South Africa’s hair extensions firm Frika Hair (Pty) Ltd for an undisclosed sum in order to consolidate its position in the South African market.

In a BSE filing, GCPL said “it has entered into an agreement with Frika Hair (Pty) Ltd for the acquisition of 100 per cent equity stake in its hair extensions business in South Africa.”

Commenting on the acquisition, GCPL Managing Director Vivek Gambhir said: “This acquisition reflects our continued commitment to scaling up our presence in Africa and providing African consumers with a wide range of superior quality products at affordable prices.”

He added: “We remain very excited by the tremendous potential of the African market and look forward to further building our business.”

GCPL’s Africa business currently has annualised revenues of USD 200 million.

The company has been acquiring brands, specially in the African continent, mostly targeting local firms in emerging markets.

It acquired 51 per cent stake in Darling South Africa in September 2011 and in Darling Mozambique in October 2011.

Darling Group Holdings operates in 14 countries across Africa, selling hair extension products under brand names like ‘Darling’ and ‘Amigos’.

Besides having stake in Darling Group, GCPL had also acquired South Africa’s Kinky Group in 2008 and hair colour brand Rapidol in September 2006.

Kinky offers a variety of products, including hair, hair-braids, hair pieces, wigs and wefted pieces.

The Mumbai-based firm had also acquired Nigeria’s personal care brand Tura for an undisclosed sum in 2010.

‘s product range includes soaps, moisturising lotions and skin-toning creams.

GCPL shares were trading 1.47 per cent down at Rs 955.50 apiece during afternoon session on the BSE.

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First published on: 06-01-2015 at 15:18 IST