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S K Birla group may exit cement business

Tuesday, 13 June 2006 - 10:14pm IST | Agency: PTI
After hiving off Saurashtra Chemicals Ltd last year, the S K Birla group might sell its stakeholding in Mysore Cements Ltd which has become sick due to complete erosion of networth.

KOLKATA: After hiving off Saurashtra Chemicals Ltd last year, the S K Birla group might sell its stakeholding in Mysore Cements Ltd which has become sick due to complete erosion of networth.


It is a logical conclusion to exit the cement business at a time when there was a wave of consolidation both in the country and overseas, company sources told PTI.


He said that it did not make any sense to run a two million tonnes per annum cement unit as operations would not become viable due to high transportation costs.


"It will be difficult for small regional players to exist," the sources said, adding that they would not be able to compete with the big companies in the country.


Mysore Cements has plants in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, and a grinding unit in Uttar Pradesh.


According to sources, it was likely that the existing foreign and domestic players with huge capacities was eyeing the plant.


Recently, another cement company was sold to Italcementi by the K K Birla group, while Kesoram Industries of B K Birla group is adding capacities.


Sources said that the matter was being handled by S K Birla himself. Birla could not be contacted as he was out of the country. The group holds nearly 30% stakeholding in the company. Earlier, the group had shelved plans for selling the company due to absence of serious bidders.


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