Essar sells BPO company Aegis for $275-300 million to Singapore-based private equity fund manager

New Delhi: Ruias-led Essar Group today announced sale of its BPO company Aegis Ltd to Singapore-based private equity fund manager Capital Square Partners for an estimated US $275-300 million.

The sale marks Essar's complete exit from BPO business. Essar had in July 2014 sold Aegis USA Inc, an outsourcing and technology company with operations in the US, the Philippines and Costa Rica, to Teleperformance of Paris for US $610 million.

With its US subsidiary gone, Aegis' headcount and revenue were reduced substantially. Since then, Aegis has again grown the business in terms of headcount, revenues, product offerings and customer base.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Aegis had BPO business globally across India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Australia, South Africa, Peru, Argentina, Saudi Arabia and the UK. It had 40,000 employees globally, 47 BPOs in these 10 countries and US $400 million in revenue.

"AGC Holdings Ltd (AGC) Mauritius, a wholly-owned portfolio company of Essar Global Ltd, has entered into a definitive agreement with Capital Square Partners (CSP) to sell 100 per cent of its stake," a company statement said. Though the company did not give the value of the deal, sources said the sale could be in the range of US $275-300 million.

"Net proceeds of this sale will be used to retire Essar's debt," the company said adding the transaction is likely to close by June 2017 subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

Essar entered the BPO business in 2004 with the acquisition of the US-based Aegis Communications Group, with 2,000 employees.

In 2014, the group sold the US business of the BPO firm. "Since then, Aegis has once again grown the business substantially in terms of headcount, revenues, product offerings and customer base becoming a preferred vendor for many premium clients in key industries, such as telecommunications, technology, media, banking, financial services and insurance, travel and logistics, retail and eCommerce," the statement said.

Uday Gujadhar, Director-AGC, said: "This transaction is in line with our strategy of incubating, building and operating world-class businesses, and being open to monetising them at a premium value when the market conditions are favourable."

Sanjay Chakrabarty and Mukesh Sharda, Managing Partners of CSP, jointly said: "We are excited about the opportunity to work with the Aegis management team in embarking on the next stage of growth, by focusing on innovation and adding our sector knowledge and expertise."

Sandip Sen, Managing Director, Aegis said: "Aegis has established itself as a high value service provider to its customers. We shall continue to provide quality service to our esteemed customers and be an employer of choice."

Essar's advisors in the transaction include Axis Capital as financial advisor, and Platinum Partners and Sidley Austin as legal advisors.

Shearman & Sterling and Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas acted as legal advisors to CSP.


Published Date: Apr 03, 2017 05:31 pm | Updated Date: Apr 03, 2017 05:31 pm