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CCI approves Jaiprakash Associates,JCCL merger with Ultratech

NEW DELHI: Ultratech Cements on Wednesday said fair trade regulator Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the merger of the cement maker with Jaiprakash Associates Ltd (JAL), Jaypee Cement Corporation Ltd (JCCL).

In March, Ultratech announced that it will acquire Jaypee Group’s cement plants in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh with a total capacity of 21.20 million tonnes per annum at an enterprise value of Rs 16,189 crore.

“CCI has by its letter dated August 8, 2016 informed the company that it has approved the proposed combination under sub-section (1) of section 31 of the Competition Act, 2012. Copy of the CCI order is awaited,” it said in a regulatory filing.

The development is in reference to development on July 4, 2016, when Ultratech notified exchanges about the approval of its Board to the Scheme of Arrangement between JAL, JCCL and the firm for acquisition of the identified cement plants of JAL and JCCL, subject to requisite approvals, it added.

Last month, while presenting its June quarter results, Ultratech had said that the financing for the Jaypee deal has been tied up and application for approval to the fair trade regulator CCI has also been filed.

The the flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group said it will approach the concerned High Courts by August and the transaction is expected to complete in the “next 9-10 months after getting all the regulatory and shareholders approval.”

Shares of the company today ended 1.93 per cent down at Rs 3,728.50 apiece on BSE.

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