Agro Chem Co Dharmaj Crop Guard files for Rs 300 cr  IPO

Agro Chem Co Dharmaj Crop Guard files for Rs 300 cr IPO

Funds for capex at Saykha, Bharuch

Agrochemicals company, Dharmaj Crop Guard Limited, has filed its draft red herring prospectus for its IPO.

AHMEDABAD, Jan 29 (The CONNECT)- Agrochemicals company, Dharmaj Crop Guard Limited, engaged in the business of manufacturing, distributing, and marketing of a wide range of agro chemical formulations such as insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, plant growth regulator, micro fertilizers and antibiotic to the B2C and B2B customers has filed its draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) for its initial public offering (IPO).

The issue with a face value of Rs 10 per equity share consists of a fresh issue of equity shares worth up to Rs 216 crore and an offer-for-sale (OFS) of up to 1,483,000 equity shares by existing shareholders. The offer also includes a reservation for subscription by eligible employees.

As per market sources, the company looks to raise funds anywhere between Rs. 250-300 crs

Out of the proceeds from the fresh issue, an amount of Rs. 104.97 crores will be utilised for funding capital expenditure towards setting up of a manufacturing facility at Saykha Bharuch, Gujarat, Rs 45 crore for funding incremental working capital requirements, Rs 10 crore for the repayment or prepayment of borrowings, in full or part of all or certain borrowings for the company besides general corporate purposes.

Led by its Chairman and Managing Director, Rameshbhai Ravajibhai Talavia who has over 28 years of experience in the agrochemical industry. The company also exports its products to more than 20 countries across Latin America, East African Countries, Middle East and Far East Asia.

The company’s key customers include Atul Limited, Heranba Industries Limited, Innovative Agritech Private Limited, Meghmani Industries Limited, Bharat Rasayan Limited, Oasis Limited, United Insecticides Private Limited and Sadik Agrochemicals Co. Ltd.

It has obtained 398 registrations for agrochemicals from the Central Insecticide Board and Registration Committee (CIB&RC), out of which 201 agrochemical formulations and 6 agrochemicals technical are for sale in India as well as for exports and 191 agrochemical formulations are exclusively for exports.  Additionally, it has also applied for registrations of 6 agrochemical formulations and 17 agrochemical technicals with the CIB&RC, pending at various stages, according to the company’s DRHP.

As of November 30, 2021, it had over 109 branded formulations being sold to farmers and selling 196 bulk products to more than 600 institutional customers domestically and in the international markets. It has over 150 trademark registrations including its branded products sold to its customers.

DCGLs revenue from operations grew 52.56% to Rs. 302.41 crore for the fiscal 2021 against Rs. 198.22 crore for the fiscal 2020, primarily due to increase in sales of its branded products, institutional sales and addition of more dealers and customers, while its net profits grew 94.85% from Rs. 10.76 crore in FY20 to Rs. 20.96 crore in FY21.

Elara Capital (India) Private Limited and Monarch Networth Capital Limited are the book running lead managers to the issue.

India is the 4th largest producer in the global agrochemicals market with USA, Japan and China being the other top rankers. It is a net exporter of agrochemicals and has emerged as the 13th largest exporter of pesticides globally. On account of an upward growth expected in the international market and a likely increase in domestic usage of pesticides in India, the overall Indian pesticides and other agrochemicals industry is estimated to increase at a CAGR of 5.2%-5.7% by 2023-24.

Recently, Surat-based Aether Industries, a specialty chemical manufacturer, also catering to pharmaceutical, agrochemical, material science, electronic chemical, high-performance photography, and oil and gas industry segments have filed its draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with market regulator Sebi to raise up to Rs 1000 crore through its public issue.

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