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Raymond soars on demerging lifestyle unit

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Raymond rallied 9.63% to Rs 738.55 after the company announced the demerger of its core lifestyle business into a separate entity that will be listed through mirror shareholding structure.

Every shareholder of Raymond will be issued the shares of the new company in the ratio of 1:1. The move will create a clear demarcation of lifestyle & other businesses leading to the simplification of the group structure.

Demerger will unlock the potential of the core lifestyle business through a new listed company with existing business of branded textile, branded apparel & garmenting. Existing company will retain real estate project, Thane land bank, B2B shirting business, engineering businesses of auto components and tools & hardware, denim and FMCG business

In another development, Raymond announced the allotment of equity shares and compulsorily convertible preference shares (CCPS) to J. K. Investo Trade (India) (JKIT), an associate company, against the infusion of net proceeds of JKIT land sale that was announced in October 2019. A total of Rs 350 crore will be used to repay the debt thus deleveraging the balance sheet of Raymond.

Commenting on the development, Gautam Hari Singhania, chairman & managing director, Raymond said, "For over three years now, we have been relentless in building the organization that is future ready and our efforts have been unwavering during this transformational journey despite multiple challenges. As we continue to build capacities for enhanced performance and delivery across verticals, demerging the core Lifestyle Business is an affirmative step towards that direction and this will also simplify the Group structure. We remain resolute to take right steps to enhance value creation for our shareholders."

Shares of Raymond were trading in the range of Rs 695 to Rs 752.35 so far during the day. The stock soared 23.57% in the past three trading sessions to settle at Rs 738.55 on 8 November 2019, from its close of Rs 597.65 on 5 November 2019.

Meanwhile, the S&P BSE Sensex was down 186 points or 0.46% to 40,467.73.

Raymond's consolidated net profit rose 32.7% to Rs 83.96 crore on 1.9% rise in net sales to Rs 1,883.17 crore in Q2 September 2019 over Q2 September 2018.

Raymond is an Indian lifestyle, textile and branded apparel company. The company is engaged in wool and wool blended fabric, and shirting fabric.

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First Published: Fri, November 08 2019. 11:22 IST