Bain Capital Buys Stake in Hero Honda

Private equity shop Bain Capital and the Government of Singapore Investment Corp. are close to buying a minority stake in Mumbai-based motorcycle maker Hero Honda, Reuters reported, citing an article in the Financial Times. The deal could be valued as high as $1.75 billion, Reuters said.

(Reuters) – U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital and the Government of Singapore Investment Corp are close to buying a minority stake in India’s largest motorcycle maker Hero Honda, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

The deal could be worth as much as $1.75 billion, the report on FT’s website said, quoting unnamed people familiar with the matter. The buyers are expected to receive only one board seat, the report said.

Last month, Hero Group’s founders agreed to buy out Honda Motors’ 26-percent stake in the Indian joint venture, ending a nearly 25-year-old partnership. [ID:nSGE6BF033]

The Munjal family has asked potential buyers to pay between 1,500 to 1,650 rupees a share, the paper said, adding the proceeds would go to the family and not the company or its shareholders.

The stake sale plan drew interest from several other global private-equity firms including Carlyle, KKR , TPG and Warburg Pincus, in addition to sovereign wealth funds, the FT said.

On Monday, shares in Hero Honda, valued at $7.3 billion by the market, closed 1.6 percent down at 1,630.50 rupees in a weak Mumbai market <.BSESN>. ($1=45.90 rupees) (Reporting by Prashant Mehra; Editing by Aradhana Aravindan)