Fairfax India to buy 74% in logistics firm NCMSL for $126 mn

Picture3Fairfax India Holdings, a fund set up by Canadian investor Prem Watsa to target Indian assets, on Monday said it would buy a 74 per cent stake in commodities storage and services firm National Collateral Management Services (NCMSL) for about $126 million.
Reuters had reported in June that Watsa’s firm was set to take a 70 to 75 per cent stake in NCMSL worth $120 million to $150 million.

The deal, valued at about Rs 800 cr, is expected to be completed in 2015, Fairfax said in a statement.

NCMSL, which is hoping to benefit from a boost to India’s underdeveloped agricultural storage industry under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s push for food security, will continue to operate independently under Chief Executive Sanjay Kaul, Fairfax said.

Hyderabad-born Watsa, whose main firm is Fairfax Financial Holdings, set up Fairfax India late last year to boost the firm’s investment in India. Fairfax India went public in January this year and raised more than $1 billion via its initial public offering.


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