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Personal care and food products maker Dabur India Ltd is scouting for firms in U.S., Europe, U.A.E. and parts of Africa for acquisitions and has earmarked $250-$500 million, a senior company official said,

"We are focussing on the MENA region (Middle-east, Egypt, Nigeria and Africa) mainly UAE and Africa... and also looking at companies in Europe and the U.S. where we don't have much of a footprint," Vice Chairman Amit Burman told reporters.

"From the internal accruals and the debt we can raise we are looking at a size of $250-$500 million," he said on the sidelines of a conference on Thursday.

Dabur's international business contributes about 15 percent of overall revenues and Burman said this segment was growing about 50 percent year-on-year.

Its net profit may rise 25 percent on revenue growth of 22-25 percent in 2009/10 helped by new brand launches and the recent acquisition of Fem Care, he added.

Net profit margins for the current fiscal may improve by 3-4 percent over last year, helped by the combination of portfolios with its recent acquisition of Fem Care, Burman said.

Dabur also plans to invest 250-500 million rupees over two years on expanding its retail store network in the country, he added.

The firm plans to add 4-5 stores this fiscal and 10 stores each year from the next fiscal, he said.

At 2.28 p.m., shares in the firm were up 1.14 percent at 132.75 rupees in a choppy Mumbai market.

 

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