Inox Leisure acquires 43.28% stake in Fame for Rs 664 million

MUMBAI: Multiplex chain Inox Leisure has acquired 43.28% stake in its competitor chain Fame India. With this acquisition, Inox will now have the largest multiplex network in India with a total of 55 multiplexes, 204 screens, and seating capacity of 57,891 seats.

Fame also has subsidiaries such as Big Picture Hospitality Services – its food business JV, Headstrong Films – its film production JV and Shringar Films – its film distribution business.

In a block deal executed through the BSE today, INOX bought 43.28% stake owned by the promoter family of Fame, for an all-cash consideration of Rs. 664.80 million (Rs 66.48 crores). The transaction is entirely funded by INOX’s promoter company, GFL as a shareholder loan.

This acquisition shall be followed by an open offer to acquire a further 20% stake in Fame, for cash, as per SEBI regulations.

Inox Group of Companies director Deepak Asher said, "It has been our stated goal, when we launched our first multiplex around 8 years back, to be a significant player in the Indian multiplex space and redefine the movie going experience in India. This philosophy, of being a market leader, runs across all our businesses. Today, we are pleased to announce to our stakeholders, that we have translated this vision into reality – we have one of India’s largest network of multiplex screens."

"Over the next few months, we will evaluate the full benefits of integration and consolidation, to drive competitive advantage across the value chain, and consider our strategic options in accordance with regulatory guidelines. We welcome the Fame team to the Inox family, and look forward to working with them to ensure a rapid and seamless transition."

Inox Leisure CEO Alok Tandon said, "Inox has always been, and will continue to be, a professionally managed company. We are extremely proud of our human resources who have helped create this formidable brand in the multiplex space, and we are sure this team will be strengthened by the infusion of fresh talent from the Fame team as well. Going forward, all our energies will be focused on managing this integration, planning for further growth and strengthening our position as India’s leading multiplex chain."

Fame India managing director Shravan Shroff said, "I have always believed that a consolidated play would have a strategic advantage in the business and that led us to consider this association with INOX. Our decision was driven by our belief in INOX’s professional management and strong shareholder focus, which we believe would translate into a value add for all Fame stakeholders. We are proud of having been associated in creating India’s largest multiplex network, which we believe will offer an unparallel reach to film producers and consumers."

INOX had previously acquired Calcutta Cine Pvt. Ltd. (CCPL) a Bengal Ambuja company. The acquisition, which kick started the consolidation phase in the multiplex industry gave INOX access to an additional nine multiplexes in West Bengal and Assam.

INOX currently has 30 operational properties, with 109 screens and a seating capacity of 31401 in 21 cities across India. Fame has 25 operational multiplexes with 95 screens and a seating capacity of 26487 in 12 cities.

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