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Monday, April 15, 2013

Maruti Suzuki in talks with RPG Life Sciences to acquire 3.5 acre in Navi Mumbai

Auto major Maruti Suzuki India is in advanced stage of negotiations to acquire leasehold rights of a part of land parcel held by RPG Life Sciences in Navi Mumbai. The auto company said it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with RPG Life Sciences Ltd through Deed of Assignment (DoA) in respect of land admeasuring 14,148.90 sq mtr (3.5 acre) out of total land admeasuring 48,632 sq mtr (12 acre) - that's 30% of the total land parcel.

When contacted, RPG Group officials did not share further details on the valuations pertaining to the land transaction or for that matter by when do they intend to close the deal. "Maruti Suzuki is currently in the due-diligence stage and any further information can only be disclosed once the deal has been concluded," said the company official.

The land parcel in discussion is situated at Kopar Khairane in the Trans-Thane Creek (TTC) Industrial Area on the Thane-Belapur Road wherein RPG Life Sciences runs a small facility.

Commenting on the possible valuation of this transaction, industry experts said that since the land parcel is largely for commercial use being in the MIDC area, the deal size may not be very huge. Assuming a floor space index (FSI) of 1:1.75 and FSI cost of Rs 600 per square feet (psf) the cost per acre would come around Rs 50 lakh. Based on this back of the envelope calculations the overall deal size would be around Rs 1.75 crore.

"A lot also depends on the marketability and residual tenure of the lease period among other factors that play a key role in the pricing part," said Pankaj Kapoor, founder and managing director, Liases Foras Real Estate Rating & Research Pvt Ltd.

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