This performance was led by a very robust growth of 39.5% in the Consumer Products Division (CPD) and a strong growth of 16.3% in the Scientific & Industrial Products Division (SIP). Earnings Before Depreciation, Interest, Tax & Amortization (EBDITA) grew by 44.4% during the period compared to H1FY16.
The company recorded improved margins as it benefited from a higher scale of operations. Operational growth was accompanied by growth in investment income. Net Profit After Tax grew from Rs 10.6 crore in H1FY16 to Rs 20.6 crore in H1FY17, a growth of 94.5%.
The Board of Directors of BGWL, Hopewell Tableware Private Limited, Vyline Glass Works Limited and Fennel Investment And Finance Private Limited at their respective meetings held on November 25, 2016, approved a Scheme of Amalgamation of three related companies with BGWL in order to derive synergies by bringing these entities under a single entity and pursue growth opportunities for the future. This move would also reduce the extent of related party transactions and eliminate cross holdings to simplify the group structure.
The Scheme envisages the amalgamation of the following entities with BGWL: (1) Hopewell Tableware Private Limited, a 100% subsidiary of BGWL, (2) Vyline Glass Works Limited (Vyline), a promoter held company and (3) Fennel Investment And Finance Private Limited, an associate company. This will help to reduce operational cost and increase operational efficiency.
The Boards have approved the following exchange ratios based on the recommendations of the independent valuers (mentioned below).
- In the case of Vyline the swap ratio determined is 10 shares of BGWL against 143 equity shares of Vyline.
- In Fennel the swap ratio is 10 shares of BGWL for 206 equity shares of Fennel. Consequent to the implementation of the scheme, the promoter’s shareholding in BGWL will increase from 72.26% to 74.58%.
- The transaction is subject to necessary statutory and regulatory approvals including the approvals of the respective High Courts, the Stock Exchanges, SEBI, the respective Shareholders and lenders/ creditors of each of the companies involved in the scheme.
- PWC are advisors to the proposed scheme of amalgamation and the valuation of the companies was carried out by SSPA & Co. and the fairness report on the valuation has been issued by Keynote Corporate Services Limited.
As per Shreevar Kheruka, Managing Director of the Company, “Our vision is to be the most customer centric Company in India. The Company’s strategy of leveraging its strong brand and distribution channel by organic as well as inorganic expansion into new product categories has started resulting in attractive growth numbers. With a more simplified corporate structure, the implementation of GST around the corner and further operational improvements from growing scale expected in the next couple of years, both the divisions of the Company are likely to benefit in the future with CPD and SIP expected to grow at over 15% and 12% respectively in the medium term.”
On January 29, 2016, the Company acquired 100% equity share in Hopewell Tableware Pvt Ltd (Hopewell), marketing its products under the brand ‘Larah’. With Larah, the Company has gained participation in the fast growing opal glass market. During H1FY17, Larah recorded Rs 44.6 crore sales as against sales of Rs 48 crore during the full year FY16. The Company’s strong pan-India distribution network, sales presence and channel loyalty has lent scale to Larah. The Company has also commenced a mass media marketing campaign and the initial response has been very encouraging.
On July 29, 2016, the Company acquired 60.3% equity share of Klasspack Private Limited (Klasspack) a Nasik based manufacturer of Glass Ampoules and Tubular Glass Vials. Hitherto Borosil was marketing lab glassware to pharmaceutical companies for their research lab and quality control lab needs. With the addition of the Klasspack range to its portfolio, the Company can now service the product manufacturing glass packaging needs of its existing customers. During the two months up to September 30, 2016 Klasspack achieved revenue of Rs 6.5 crore as against revenue of Rs 28.8 crore during the full year in FY16.
The company’s revenue inclusive of Hopewell and Klasspack during the period H1FY17 was Rs 170.7 crore compared to Rs 93.9 crore during the same period in the previous year. These figures are not comparable as the H1FY17 figure includes revenues of companies acquired post H1FY16. The Company has used acquisition of synergistic businesses as a means to supplement organic growth. Organic growth in both the business divisions has been achieved by improved sales in the existing range of products as well as the introduction of new products, thus selling more to the same set of customers.
In CPD the new product range includes lunch boxes, storage products and kitchen appliances. These are expected to leverage the lifestyle changes towards convenience and improved presentation that the modern Indian homemaker is looking for. The Company sells its products through different channels including modern retail and traditional trade with the target segment being the aspirational middle class customer.
In SIP, the company introduced the brand ‘Labquest’, with a range of bench top instruments. In this division, the Company’s diversified and large product range, international quality benchmarks and nationwide ‘Just In Time’ supply abilities ensure strong brand loyalty and high customer retention. In addition to the domestic market, where the Company is the undisputed leader for glass consumables, the Company has also forayed into exporting its SIP range of products to the Middle Eastern, African and South East Asian markets.
The Company will focus on growing its core business by investing in its leadership brand, Borosil. In the CPD division, the Company will continue to increase investments in brand building for both Borosil and Larah and to expand the market and gain market share. New product introductions under the storage and kitchen appliances range are also expected to drive business growth. In the SIP division, it would strengthen relationships with SIP customers and address a larger set of their needs through new product introductions under ‘Labquest’ instrumentation and the Klasspack range of pharmaceutical packaging. While exports currently form a small percentage of the revenues of the SIP division, there is a good scope of growth here as well.