JSL announces USD 647 million strategic investments, capacity expansion to 4.2 million tpy

2024-05-02 Producer News India
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Jindal Stainless, India’s leading stainless steel manufacturer, announced major expansion and acquisition plans to augment its melting and downstream capacities.
The company announced a three-pronged investment strategy worth nearly INR 5,400 crores (USD 646.9 million) to achieve global leadership in stainless steel. Jindal Stainless entered into a joint venture (JV) to develop and operate a stainless steel melt shop (SMS) in Indonesia with an annual production capacity of 1.2 million tpy. This will increase the company’s melting capacity by over 40% to 4.2 million tpy at an investment of more than INR 700 crore (USD 83.9 million).

Secondly, the company also set aside around INR 1,900 crore (USD 227.6 million) to expand its downstream lines in Jajpur, Odisha, to process an increase in melting capacity. Besides, the company earmarked nearly INR 1,450 crore (USD 173.7 million) towards the associated upgradation of infrastructural facilities, such as railway siding, sustainability-related projects, and renewable energy generation.

Thirdly, through a structured indirect acquisition deal, the company will acquire a 54% equity stake in Chromeni Steels Private Limited (CSPL), which owns a 600 ktpy cold rolling mill located in Mundra, Gujarat. The transactions entail an outlay of around INR 1,340 crore (USD 160.5 million), comprising a takeover of existing debt of ~INR 1,295 crore (USD 155.1 million) and a balance of ~INR 45 (USD 5.4 million) crore towards equity purchase.

Addressing a press conference on the landmark decisions approved by the Board of Directors of Jindal Stainless, Managing Director, Mr. Abhyuday Jindal, said, “With these acquisitions and investments, we have orchestrated a clear growth plan to become one of the leading players in the world. The Indonesian JV will get us the best of speed and raw material security, and the augmentation of the Jajpur lines will offer enhanced value for domestic and export customers. The cold rolling mill at Chromeni will expand our outreach, both in India and abroad, and strengthen our presence in the value-added segment in the long term.”

Speaking on the occasion, CEO & Wholetime Director, Mr. Tarun Kumar Khulbe, said, “Investment in upstream facilities in Indonesia is a plug-and-play model which can be expected to get operational in the next 24 months given the existing industrial park facilities at the site. Logistics and power costs render Indonesia even more favorable to such investments. Besides, the Government of Indonesia has banned the export of nickel ore and is promoting investments into downstream facilities through long-term tax holidays. The acquisition of Chromeni supports our strategy to increase cold rolled products in our product mix.”

Adding to this, Executive Director & Group CFO, Mr Anurag Mantri said, “The investment will especially contribute towards the overall balancing of our downstream cold rolled capacities, bringing it closer to the global benchmarks. The alternate route of production in Indonesia will help mitigate raw material risks. We will finance these investments through a combination of internal accruals and debt while closely monitoring leverage ratios.”

For the Indonesian SMS, the partner entity is of international repute with extensive experience in running such projects. The downstream expansion in Jaipur and the acquisition of CSPL are aligned with the Indonesian SMS capacity. This will support Jindal Stainless's overall facility balance at the company level. The improvement in the infrastructural facility will significantly enhance the efficiency in logistics, needed for catering to increased planned volumes.