KKR to invest Rs 600-cr in Asahi Glass, Archean

According to people in the know, Asahi will receive Rs 200-cr funding. Archean will get its second tranche of funding, worth Rs 400 cr.      Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), leading global private equity major, continues its debt financing into Indian conglomerates.

KKR India is set to invest about Rs 600 crore in two companies, Gurgaon-based Asahi India Glass and Chennai-based Archean Group, through a structured debt transaction.

According to people in the know, Asahi will receive Rs 200-crore funding. Archean will get its second tranche of funding, worth Rs 400 crore. KKR has outbid Apollo-ICICI Venture Fund to invest in Asahi. AION Capital Partners, a joint venture between Apollo Global Management and ICICI Venture, which runs a special situation fund, was also engaged in discussions for investment in Asahi.

The fund will be used by Asahi to refinance existing loans. It is the country's leading entity in the car and building glass segment, saying it has 77 per cent of the former market. It was jointly promoted by the Delhi-based Labroo family, Asahi Glass Co of Japan and Maruti Suzuki. Of the promoter holding of 54.39 per cent, Maruti Suzuki has 11.1 per cent and Asahi Glass Co holds 21.2 per cent. The rest is with the Labroo family and others.

When asked, Sanjay Nayar, chief executive at KKR India, declined to comment. Mails to Asahi Glass and Archean did not elicit a response.

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