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October 26, 2007

Deal Alert: 3i invests $80 M in steel pipe co. Welspun Gujarat

Edited extracts from the 3i press release:

UK-headquartered 3i has invested US$80 million for a 6.6% stake in Welspun Gujarat Stahl Rohren Ltd (“Welspun”) through a purchase of secondary shares in the company. Welspun Gujarat is the flagship company of the Welspun Group, led by Mr. B.K. Goenka, and is listed on the Indian and Luxembourg Stock Exchanges.

The company is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of line pipes used by the oil & gas sector and is in the midst of executing an ambitious expansion plan including adding new capacity, backward integration into manufacture of plates and coils and establishing an overseas presence with a facility in the US. The company counts the world’s largest oil & gas companies, including Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Saudi Aramco, as its customers. Post completion of the Company’s expansion plans, it will have a total capacity of 1.75 million tonnes per annum, up from 1 million tonnes per annum currently.

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