Mumbai-based fast moving consumer goods company @Jyothy, famous for its Ujala brand of fabric whiteners, is planning to list on the stock exchanges by end of 2007. Jyothy Laboratories will raise Rs. 300 crores in an initial public offering. The company has reportedly appointed Kotak and Enam as advisors to the issue.
Jyothy Labs is a closely held company with about 70% stake being held by founder chairman and managing director M P Ramachandran and his family. The balance 30% is held by private equity firms CLSA and @Actis_Capital along with a foreign subsidiary of ICICI Bank. The foreign investors are likely to exit the company at the time of the IPO.
Sales of Jyothy Laboratories are pegged at between Rs. 400-500 crores. The company is said to have been valued at around Rs. 1000 crores.
US-based brokerage and investment bank Merrill Lynch has initiated talks with India Infoline for acquiring a significant stake in its distribution subsidiary, India Infoline Distribution Company Limited (IILD).
Joining the likes of entrepreneurs to back and fuel startups, Infosys’ cofounders SD Shibulal, and Kris Gopalakrishnan are reuniting again to launch an incubator, Axilor Ventures that would invest up to $1 Mn in each early-stage startup they pick.
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