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RHI India and RHI Clasil to merge with Indian listed Orient Refractories
Vienna, August 01, 2018 – RHI Magnesita, the leading global supplier of high-grade refractory products, systems and services, has today announced the proposed merger of its three Indian subsidiaries. The merger is designed to optimally position RHI Magnesita’s operations in the strategically important Indian market to capture growth opportunities more effectively and efficiently.
The Boards of Directors of Orient Refractories Limited (“Orient Refractories”), RHI India Private Limited (“RHI India”) and RHI Clasil Private Limited (“RHI Clasil”), at their respective meetings held this Tuesday, approved the proposal to merge RHI India and RHI Clasil with Orient Refractories, pursuant to a composite scheme of amalgamation (the “Scheme”). Orient Refractories is listed on the Mumbai stock exchange. On completion, RHI Magnesita will own approximately 70% in Orient Refractories which will be renamed RHI Magnesita India. The transaction is expected to be completed in the next 9-12 months.
RHI Magnesita’s three Indian operating entities to be merged
Orient Refractories is currently 70% owned by RHI Magnesita and a leading manufacturer and supplier of special refractory products, systems and services for the steel industry. RHI India, a wholly-owned RHI Magnesita subsidiary, is the Indian sales company of RHI Magnesita group offering a full range of refractories and related services sourced from various RHI Magnesita group entities to Indian customers. RHI Clasil, is 53.7% owned by RHI Magnesita, is a manufacturer and supplier of mainly Alumina based refractories for steel and cement.
The key objective of the proposed Scheme is to combine the strengths and competencies of all three companies to establish one consolidated listed company that is well positioned to seize future growth opportunities and enhance shareholder value.
One strong local organization to tap growth potential in the strategically important Indian market
This merger is part of RHI Magnesita’s strategic pillar “markets” which focuses on building a global presence with strong local organizations and solid market positions. India’s growth prospects in the refractory market derive primarily from the steel sector, which is by far RHI Magnesita’s largest customer industry (74% of 2017 pro-forma revenues). India became the third largest steel producer in the world after a decade of solid growth and an ambitious government program aims to reach 300m tons of steel production by 2030, triple the output of 2016. With one strong and integrated local organization, the industry’s most comprehensive product portfolio and proven supply and sales capabilities RHI Magnesita India will be optimally positioned to leverage the positive local market developments in India.
The proposed merger is expected to:
Key Highlights of the Scheme
Mr. Stefan Borgas, CEO of RHI Magnesita, said: “The proposed merger of our Indian subsidiaries marks an important milestone towards expanding RHI Magnesita’s market leadership in the refractory market in India. One strong, integrated organization and management will increase long term value for all stakeholders and efficiently combine resources and capabilities. This merger will significantly enhance the profile of RHI Magnesita in India and creates a stronger foundation to tap the immense growth potential we see in the Indian market.”
About RHI Magnesita
RHI Magnesita is the global leading supplier of high-grade refractory products, systems and solutions which are indispensable for industrial high-temperature processes exceeding 1,200°C in a wide range of industries, including steel, cement, non-ferrous metals and glass. With a vertically integrated value chain, from raw materials to refractory products and full performance-based solutions, RHI Magnesita serves more than 10,000 customers in nearly all countries around the world. The Company has broad geographic diversification with more than 14,000 employees in 35 main production sites and more than 70 sales offices. RHI Magnesita intends to use its global leadership position in terms of revenue, greater scale, complementary product portfolio and diversified geographic presence around the world to target opportunistically those countries and regions benefitting from more dynamic economic growth prospects.
Its shares have a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange (symbol: RHIM) and are a constituent of the FTSE 250 index. For more information please visit: www.rhimagnesita.com
RHI Magnesita N.V.
Stefan Rathausky, Senior VP Corporate Communications
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