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Max Ventures to focus on real estate business Sells 51% residual stake in speciality film business

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New Delhi, November 15, 2021: Max Ventures & Industries Limited (MaxVIL), one of the three holding companies of the $4-Bn Max Group, has entered into a definitive agreement with its existing Japanese strategic partner in Max Speciality Films Limited – Toppan Printing – to divest its remaining 51% stake in the specialty packaging films business for an enterprise value of Rs 1,350 crore, translating into an equity value of about Rs 600-650 crore (subject to customary adjustments).

A press release issued by the company says that Toppan would also be taking over the debt of MSFL as part of the deal. After acquisition of 49% stake in 2017 for about Rs 200 crore Toppan became a strategic partner of MaxVIL.

Engaged in businesses of real estate and specialty packaging films MaxVIL has decided to exit from the non-core businesses. Post this exit, the Company will completely focus on the real estate business in the premium residential and commercial space in Delhi-NCR.

Sahil VachaniCommenting on the stake sale,  Sahil Vachani, MD & CEO of MaxVIL, said: “The decision to divest our residual 51% stake in specialty packaging business to the existing partner is to generate additional growth capital to deploy in the real estate business that offers tremendous growth opportunities.”

After the divestment, the Company will be able to create a war-chest of more than Rs 1,000 crore funded from sale proceeds, internal accruals, and potential commitment from financial investors. This will help in expanding the residential and commercial real estate footprint in Delhi-NCR.

New York Life Insurance Company, a longstanding partner of the Group, is a strategic investor in the company, owning about 23% stake. Additionally, it has also invested at the project level through SPVs (Special Purpose Vehicles) route by picking up a 49% stake in Max Square, a commercial project on the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway. The Company will continue to look for such strategic/financial partners to back its expansion plans.

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MaxVIL is in advance discussions with nearly half a dozen landowners to acquire and develop prime land parcels in Delhi-NCR.

Further, the Board of Directors have authorized the Investment and Finance Committee of the Board to explore various modalities for restructuring with its wholly owned subsidiary Max Estates Limited.

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