You are here: Home » Companies » News
Business Standard

Karuturi set to raise $100 mn

BS Reporter  |  Chennai/ Bangalore 

Bangalore-headquartered rose exporter Karuturi Global will raise $100 million (Rs 450 crore) through the private equity route to fund its growth plans in both agriculture and horticulture sector, and is expected to close the deal during the next week.

This move to raise comes after protracted discussions with various global private equity funds and this infusion is expected to be from fund which are among the top 5 globally.

Karuturi during this month has raised $15 million IL&FS PE and another $24 million through a GDR issue. The latest fund raising of $100 million will be part of Karuturi’s gameplan to invest $350 million to expand its fledgling agriculture and established floriculture business. The company on Thursday said that it is deferring the proposed rights issue.

Karuturi is planting close to 100,000 acres in agriculture in African countries like Kenya, Ethiopia among others. Karuturi Global, a Rs 700 crore firm, has been deriving 95 per cent of its revenues from rose exports.

While 95 per cent of its topline comes from floriculture, the company’s plan to emerge as a leading player in agriculture in the African continent, will see revenues from agriculture trump revenues from floriculture in two years.

The company, which had already bought around 311,700 hectares of land on lease in Ethiopia to start agricultural cultivation in a phased manner.

It plans to grow crops like cereals, sugar and palm for future exports. Karuturi Global expects Rs 80 crore revenue from the agriculture business this fiscal.

In addition to this large scale diversification, Karuturi Global has been into the business of cultivating gherkins which brought in revenues of Rs 15 crore during the last fiscal.

Karuturi Global had reported an increase in its revenues by 20 per cent during fiscal 2010, to Rs 532 crore from Rs 445 crore.

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Fri, September 24 2010. 00:53 IST