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Rane group to invest Rs 239 cr

T E Narasimhan  |  Chennai 

Chennai-based is planning to invest around Rs 239.2 crore during the current financial year. The proposed investment also includes capital work in progress. Last year, the company had lined up investment worth Rs 217.3 crore.

The investments would be spread across various verticals, according to a presentation made to group’s investors.

The company would invest Rs 42 crore (compared with Rs 59 crore) in Rane (Madras) Ltd, Rs 48.6 crore in Rane Engine (Rs 24 crore), Rs 45.2 crore in Ltd (Rs 31.1 crore), Rs 2.9 crore in Rane Diecast Ltd (Rs 8.2 crore), Rs 50.7 crore in Ltd (Rs 47.9 crore), Rs 36.5 crore in Rane NSK Steering Systems Ltd (Rs 39.5 crore) and Rs 13.3 crore in Kar Mobiles Ltd (Rs 7.6 crore).

Auto component maker Rane (Madras) currently has manufacturing facilities in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Mysore, Pantnagar, Sanand.

The company has set a target of 18 per cent compound annual growth rate in the next three years. Rane (Madras) gross sales rose 27.68 per cent to Rs 631.8 crore during the year ended March 31, 2011, as compared with Rs 448.7 crore. Profit after tax increased to Rs 24.5 crore from Rs 13.8 crore.

Ltd, which produces engine valves, valve guides and tappets, reported a 13.66 per cent in last fiscal to Rs 310.2 crore from Rs 250.9 crore. PAT rose 121.09 per cent to Rs 10.8 crore from Rs 4.2 crore.

Considering the company’s diversified presence in the domestic market and a good customer base in exports, it is targeting a CAGR of 15 per cent in the next three years. “The main challenges which are being addressed include some product rationalisation, increase of capacity in the lower cost plants and mitigation of foreign currency risks. The company is working towards improving this to around 20 per cent in the next three years,” it said.

Ltd, a manufacturer of brake linings, disc pads, clutch facings among others, has set a target of 18 per cent CARG in the next three years. “With increased cooperation of Nisshinbo, the company has been able to win major businesses in both the above.” the presentation said.

Despite improvement in sales, Rane Diecast Ltd, which is into high pressure die casting products, could see capacity utilisation of only 67 per. Although the company could not achieve the turnaround in 2010-11, with sustained export orders it expects to turn profitable in the near term.

The group’s sales in 2010-11 stood at Rs 2,241.5 crore. Seventy two per cent of the business came from domestic OEMs, 15 per cent from exports and 13 per cent from domestic replacement.

First Published: Mon, June 20 2011. 00:32 IST