Private equity majors Bain Capital and Cerberus Capital Management are said to be in the last stages of closing a deal with Adani Capital. Both PE investors have been scouting for acquisitions in the non-banking space since 2018 and are keen to take over companies operating in the non-banking space and hold majority control over the company. Sources say that both investors are willing to shell out a reasonable premium to acquire Adani Capital.

On June 18, businessline reported that the Adani group has put its non-banking finance arm for sale. Adani Capital, incorporated as a private limited company in 2016 is promoted by Gaurav Gupta, the company’s CEO, and Sagar Adani, nephew of the group’s Founder, Gautam Adani.

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It is gathered that the current promoters may retain a 15 – 20 per cent stake in the company post the sale for about two years, and also a seat on board. “If there is any requirement to pump in capital into the business, the existing promoters will also be expected to infuse money,” said a person aware of the matter.

Interestingly, Adani Capital doesn’t fall under Adani Enterprise Limited - the holding company for most of Adani group’s businesses. Adani Capital has been put on the block as the NBFC arm doesn’t form part of the group’s core business.

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Also, being a capital-intensive business with much dependence on bank loans, the group did not find it lucrative to operate in the shadow banking sector in an elevated cost of funds situation, said a person aware of the matter.  

While valuations are still under negotiations, the deal is expected to conclude at 1.5 – 2x price to book multiples. Adani Capital’s loan book stood at ₹2,690 crore in FY23 and lends to segments, such as farm equipment loans, commercial vehicle loans, business loans, and supply chain finance. Adani Housing Finance is a subsidiary of Adani Capital.