Hindalco's Acquisition of Novelis

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Case Code : BSTR265 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 300;
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Mergers | Acquisitions | Strategic Alliances
Case Length : 17 Pages
Period : 1991 - 2007
Pub Date : 2007
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : Hindalco, Novelis
Industry : Metal and Mining
Countries : US, Canada


The case discusses the acquisition of US-Canadian aluminum company Novelis by India-based Hindalco Industries Limited (Hindalco), a part of Aditya Vikram Birla Group of Companies, in May 2007. The case explains the acquisition deal in detail and highlights the benefits of the deal for both the companies.

It also examines the valuation of the acquisition deal and how the deal was financed. The case concludes by describing the challenges that Hindalco would face in integrating the operations of Novelis and analyzing if the deal was overvalued as opined by some industry experts.


Study the synergies of the merger between Hindalco and Novelis

Study the rationale behind Hindalco acquiring a loss making aluminum company

Examine the way the acquisition deal was financed

Analyze whether the deal was overvalued or not

Analyze the trends in the global aluminum industry


  Page No.
Introduction 1
Background Note 2
The Deal 5
Rationale for Acquisition 6
The Pitfalls 8
Exhibits 10


Hindalco Industries Limited, Novelis Inc., Merger and Acquisition, Deal Valuation, Debt-equity Ratio, EV/EBITDA Ratio, Indian Aluminum Industry, Merger Integration, Consolidation, Downstream Business, Upstream Business

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