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Bajaj Holdings & Investment (BHIL) - erstwhile Bajaj Auto (BAL) - was de-merged as per the Bombay High Court order dated 18 December 2007. The company is essentially a holding and investment company focusing on earnings income through dividend, interest and gains on investments held. Bajaj Auto is the flagship company of the Bajaj Group. The group comprises of 35 companies and was founded in the year 1926.
As part of the demerger Scheme, Bajaj Holdings and Investment, the auto company, was renamed as Bajaj Auto and the erstwhile Bajaj Auto was renamed as Bajaj Holdings & Investment (which would act as the primary investment company).
The process of demerger of erstwhile BAL, which was approved by the board of directors of the company on May 17, 2007 was completed with all approvals being obtained, including that of Bombay High Court and SEBI. Pursuant to the Scheme of Arrangement of Demerger, Bajaj Holdings & Investments Ltd (BHIL, erstwhile BAL) was demerged into three undertakings with effect from the effective date, viz. 20 February 2008. Further Pursuant to the Scheme of Demerger, the GDR programs for Bajaj Auto Limited (BAL) and Bajaj Finserv Limited (BFS) got established on August 21, 2008.
After the demerger BHIL’s manufacturing undertaking was transferred to the new Bajaj Auto (BAL) while its business undertaking consisting of wind farm business and financial services business has been transferred to Bajaj Finserv (BFS) and the company was focusing on new business opportunities. Post-demerger, BHIL holds over 30% shares each in BAL and BFS. Going forward, BHIL will focus on new business opportunities. BAL and BFS will be able to tap (on an arm’s length basis) into BHIL’s cash pool to support future growth opportunities. BHIL by having more than 30% stake in both BAL and BFS will benefit from the future growth of these companies.
The decision of demerging the company was taken in view of the growth opportunities in the auto, wind energy, insurance and finance sectors and it was decided that it was timely and appropriate to de-merge these activities into separate entities, each of which can focus on these core businesses and strengthen its competencies.
BHIL has been registered as a Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) under the Registration No. N-13.01952 dated October 29, 2009 with Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The company is classified as a ‘Systemically Important Non-deposit taking NBFC’ as per RBI regulations.