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Economic Times (India): Shell to buy BPCL’s stake in Bharat Shell

30 Nov, 2007, 1053 hrs IST, PTI
 
NEW DELHI: Global oil major Royal Dutch Shell will buy Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd’s (BPCL) 49 per cent stake in lubricant marketing firm Bharat Shell Ltd (BSL) for Rs 152.40 crore.

BPCL is exiting the joint venture company, floated in 1993 to market Shell branded lubricants in India, as it has developed a competing product.

“The Cabinet (at its meeting yesterday evening) gave its approval for the sale of 49 per cent equity stake of BPCL in BSL to Shell or its affiliate for a consideration of Rs 152.40 crore in cash,” Information and Broadcasting Minister P R Dasmunsi told reporters here today.

Shell currently holds 51 per cent stake in BSL. BSL incurred losses till financial year 2001-02 but after hiving off its loss-making LPG business, the company showed signs of turnaround and posted a net profit of Rs 12.12 crore in 2006-07.

Besides paying BPCL cash, Shell will also takeover the state-run firm’s 49 per cent of BSL’s debt amounting to Rs 31.2 crore as on March 31, 2006.

“The proposed sale will enable BPCL to withdraw from a joint venture company which has a competing business interest i.e. production and sale of branded lubricants in India,” he said.

“This would enable BPCL to concentrate on building and promotion of its own brand of lubricants resulting in improved brand image, higher growth, efficiency and profits.” 
 
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/News_by_Industry/Shell_to_buy_BPCLs_stake_in_Bharat_Shell/articleshow/2583869.cms

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