BALCO: The Disinvestment Story

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Case Code : BECG004
Case Length : 10 Pages
Period : 2001
Pub. Date : 2002
Teaching Note : Available
Organization : BALCO
Industry : Metals & Mining
Countries : India

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Introduction Contd...

The employees union launched an indefinite strike protesting against the Balco sell out.

After a protracted battle, an agreement was reached between the Balco management and the union. With this agreement, the Balco disinvestment saga was put to rest.

But, with the employees not completely satisfied with the terms and conditions laid down in the agreement, the future of Balco did not seem to be very promising.

Balco - A Profile

Balco, incorporated in 1965, was closely associated with the growth of the Indian Aluminium industry. Balco played a pivotal role in making aluminium a leading metal with myriad uses ranging from household, industrial to strategic defence and aerospace applications.

Balco was vertically integrated from sourcing of bauxite from its captive mines, refining and smelting to aluminium production and a variety of semi finished products.

Balco had contributed significantly as a primary aluminium producer, providing sustenance to vital industries. Balco was a supplier of special aluminium alloys to the nation's intermediate range ballistic missile, Agni and surface to surface missile, Prithvi. The GoI held 100% stake in Balco.

In 2000, the GoI announced to divest 51% stake in Balco to a long-term strategic partner...

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