Balrampur Chini Mills Limited (BCML), the company's history going back to four decades, it was started in 14th July of the year 1975 by taking over the operations of the erstwhile sugar factory of Balrampur Sugar Company Limited (Name changed to Balrampur Commercial Enterprises Limited) (BCEL) in East Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the largest integrated sugar manufacturing companies in India, its allied business consists of manufacturing and marketing of Ethyl Alcohol & Ethanol, generation and selling of power and manufacturing and marketing of organic manure. Company has nine sugar factories located in Eastern U.P. having an aggregate crushing capacity of 73,000 tons per day. The company came out its maiden public issue in 1978-79. BCML ceased to be a subsidiary of BCEL with effect from 25th June of the year 1979.
Balrampur Agro Industries (P) Limited and Vivek Agro Industries (P) Limited became subsidiaries of the Company in the year 1980. Vivek Ganna Pvt Ltd., Ganna Agro Pvt. Ltd., Maharajaganj Agro Industries Pvt. Ltd., and Stuti Agro Pvt. Ltd., became subsidiaries of the Company during the year 1986. In the year 1990, the company acquired the Babhnan Sugar Mills Limited with a capacity of 1,000 TCD. Later on, the Babhnan Sugar Mills Ltd was merged with BCML with effect from 1 April 1994. During the year 1995, BCML had diversified into distillery operations at the Balrampur unit through the commissioning of a 60-klpd distillery. In April 1998, BCML acquired a controlling stake in Tulsipur Sugar Co. Ltd. (TSC), a profit-making sugar company located near Balrampur in Eastern Uttar Pradesh with an installed capacity of 2,500 TCD. TSC was merged with BCML with effect from 1st April of the year 1999. The crushing capacity of Tulsipur Sugar was subsequently expanded to 7000 TCD. In March 2003, BCML commissioned a bagasse based co-generation power plant with a capacity of 19.55 MW at Balrampur and the said capacity has been increased to 24.55 MW. In the same year BCML had set up an integrated Greenfield sugar complex at Haidergarh in East Uttar Pradesh with a sugarcane crushing capacity of 4,000 TCD and co-generation capacity of 20.25 MW. Again, the company had set up another one-distillery operations at the Babhnan unit in the year 2004, with a capacity of 60 klpd.
The Company discontinued the country liquor business with effect from March of the year 2005. A Greenfield sugar project having a capacity of 7000 TCD was set up which was commissioned in November of the year 2005 at Akbarpur, Distt Ambedkar nagar, U.P. A bagasse based co-generation power plant with a capacity of 18 MW was also installed at Akbarpur. The crushing capacity was subsequently expanded to 7,500 TCD. BCML acquired an integrated sugar unit having a sugar plant of 7500 TCD and co-generation power plant of 12MW situated at Rauzagaon, District Barabanki, U.P. from Dhampur Sugar Mills Ltd. in March 2006 in an all cash deal of Rs. 182 crores. Another one new Greenfield integrated sugar complex has been set up at Mankapur, Dist. Gonda, Eastern U.P. with a capacity of 8000 TCD sugar plant, 34 MW co-generation power plant, 100 KLPD distillery and 20 MT bio-compost manufacturing facility. The plant has begun operations in November of the year 2006. As in the identical year BCML had taken over the management of Indo Gulf Industries Ltd. BCML has acquired a 47.63% stake in the equity capital of Indo Gulf Industries Ltd. (IGIL). BCML has taken over the management of IGIL.
A new Greenfield integrated sugar complex has been set up at Kumbhi, Dist. Lakhinpur, Kheri, U.P. with the capacity of 8,000 TCD sugar plant and 20 MW co-generation power plant. The plant began operations in April of the year 2007. IGIL became as the subsidiary of the company with effect from 30th August 2007. Balrampur Overseas Pvt. Ltd. [BOPL] was incorporated in Hong Kong with the purpose of trading activities. The entire holding of BOPL is held by Balrampur Chini Mills Ltd., which became the subsidiary of the Company with effect from 11th October 2007.
As of March 2008, the rating agency ICRA assigned an `LA+` rating to the Rs 8.41 billion long-term debt program and Rs 6.2 billion fund based bank limits of Balrampur Chini Mills (BCML), indicating high credit quality rating. ICRA also assigned a `A1` rating to the Rs 685 million non-fund based limits of the company. The rating indicates highest credit quality in the short-term. Within this category, certain instruments are assigned the rating of A1+ to reflect their relatively stronger credit quality.