Haldiram emerges sole bidder to buy debt-ridden dairy firm Kwality with offer of Rs 130 cr

Kwality has a total debt of around Rs 1,900 crore, which means that lenders would have to take a significant haircut.

Press Trust of India October 11, 2019 09:18:18 IST
Haldiram emerges sole bidder to buy debt-ridden dairy firm Kwality with offer of Rs 130 cr
  • The lenders are likely to vote on Haldiram's bid later this month

  • In 2016, Kwality had raised Rs 300 crore from KKR India Financial Services and got an additional commitment of Rs 220 crore

  • Kwality has a total debt of around Rs 1,900 crore, which means that lenders would have to take a significant haircut

New Delhi: Delhi-based Haldiram group has emerged as the sole bidder for acquiring debt-ridden dairy firm Kwality with an offer of around Rs 130 crore in the ongoing insolvency process, sources said.

The lenders are likely to vote on Haldiram’s bid later this month, they added.

Shailendra Ajmera, who is part of multinational consultancy firm EY, has been appointed as the resolution professional to conduct the insolvency proceedings, which started in December 2018 following an order of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). Global private equity player, KKR had filed insolvency plea against Kwality.

Haldiram emerges sole bidder to buy debtridden dairy firm Kwality with offer of Rs 130 cr

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In 2016, Kwality had raised Rs 300 crore from KKR India Financial Services and got an additional commitment of Rs 220 crore.

The amount was raised to fund its expansion plans and enter into the consumer segment. The Committee of Creditors (CoC) met on Wednesday to take stock of the resolution process and discuss the valuation report.

According to sources, Haldiram has emerged as the sole bidder for the acquisition.

The CoC will vote on a resolution plan in the third week of October.

Kwality has a total debt of around Rs 1,900 crore, which means that lenders would have to take a significant haircut.

The company is engaged in the business of milk processing and manufacturing of dairy products, including ghee, milk powders, lassi, chaach and flavoured milk. It owns two milk processing units, one in Softa, Haryana, and another in Dibai, Uttar Pradesh.

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