Avendus Capital advises Magicrete on its fundraising from Motilal Oswal Private Equity

28th March 2013 | Mumbai | Investment Banking

Magicrete, a leading manufacturer of Autoclave Aerated Concrete Blocks (“AAC Blocks”) in India, has concluded a fund raise from Motilal Oswal Private Equity.

Magicrete, started in 2008 by young first generation entrepreneur Sourabh Bansal after completing his B.Tech. from IIT Khargpur with a vision to set-up new age building material company. He was joined by Puneet Mittal, a charteed accountant and later joined by Sidharth Bansal, an IIT-IIM alumnus. Magicrete is primarily in the business of manufacturing AAC Blocks under the brand “Magicrete” and has recently forayed into offering gypsum plaster and dry mortar under the brand “Magicplast” and “Magicbond” respectively. In last five years, Magicrete has emerged as leading AAC Block manufacturer in India with total capacity of over 800,000 cubic meters in Surat (Gujarat) and Haryana. This fund raise will enable Magicrete in expanding its capacity and geographical reach.

Commenting on this deal, Girish Nadkarni, Executive Director, Avendus Capital said, “This investment will help Magicrete expand its presence and grow rapidly into newer hubs of construction activity across the country. Their focus on innovation and R&D will ensure that they are well ahead of their competition in launching new and enhanced walling solutions for its customers.”

According to Sourabh Bansal, Managing Director. Magicrete "This investment will equip us to scale up our operations nationwide and help take Magicrete brand to other regions of the country. We are thankful to Girish and team at Avendus who have been instrumental in this deal and have diligently helped us in all aspects of this transaction."

Avendus was the sole financial advisor to Magicrete Building Solutions on this transaction.

About Magicrete

Magicrete is engaged in business of innovative building materials and prefabricated construction

technologies and is one of the largest manufacturers of Autoclave Aerated Concrete Blocks. It was started in 2008 by a young management team, who graduated from Indian Institute of Technology (“IITs”) and IIMs,. Over the last four years, the Company has positioned itself as India’s second largest AAC bricks company with a capacity of 800,000 cbm. The Company has shown strong fundamentals and growth over the last few years. For a multitude of reasons developers across the country are exploring alternative to red brick for wall construction and AAC Blocks has emerged as one such viable alternative both for residential and commercial building. AAC Blocks on one hand have price parity with red bricks and on the other hand allows for faster execution, involves less labor, reduces construction costs and is environment friendly. This industry is at a nascent stage in India and has significant growth potential.

Globally, AAC blocks are being widely used in Europe, China, Japan and Middle-east. China has

witnessed adoption of AAC blocks in last 10 years, having a cumulative capacity of 150 mn CBM. India today has total capacity of less than 5 mn CBM.

About Avendus Capital

Avendus Capital is a leading financial services firm which provides customised solutions in the areas of financial advisory, equity capital markets, alternative asset management and wealth management. The firm relies on its extensive track record, in-depth domain understanding and knowledge of the economic and regulatory environment, to offer research based solutions to its clients that include institutional investors, corporations and high net worth individuals/families. In recent years, Avendus Capital has consistently been ranked among the leading corporate finance advisors in India and has emerged as the advisor of choice for cross-border M&A deals, having closed around 40 cross-border transactions in the past 5 years. Avendus Securities through its Institutional Equities practice is able to offer high quality research-driven advice to help its clients take investment decisions. Avendus PE Investment Advisors

manages funds raised from its investors by investing in public markets, while Avendus Wealth

Management caters to investment advisory and portfolio management needs of Family offices and Ultra High Networth Individuals / families, spanning all asset classes. Headquartered in Mumbai, the firm has offices in New Delhi and Bangalore. Avendus Capital, Inc (US) and Avendus Capital (UK) Pvt. Ltd. located in New York and London respectively are wholly owned subsidiaries offering M&A and Private Equity syndication services to clients in the respective regions.

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