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March 2007

India’s Hindalco to acquire Novelis for $6 billion in cash

Hindalco Industries Limited, India's largest non-ferrous metals company and Novelis announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Hindalco to acquire Novelis in an all-cash transaction which values Novelis at approximately $6.0 billion, including approximately $2.4 billion of debt. Under the terms of the agreement, Novelis shareholders will receive $44.93 in cash for each outstanding common share.

Based in Mumbai, India, Hindalco is a leader in Asia's aluminum and copper industries, and is the flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group, a $12 billion multinational conglomerate, with a market capitalization in excess of $20 billion. Following the transaction, Hindalco, with Novelis, will be the world's largest aluminum rolling company, one of the biggest producers of primary aluminum in Asia, and India's leading copper producer.

Acting chief executive officer of Novelis, Ed Blechschmidt, said, "After careful consideration, the board has unanimously agreed that this transaction with Hindalco delivers outstanding value to Novelis shareholders. Hindalco is a strong, dynamic company. The combination of Novelis' world-class rolling assets with Hindalco's growing primary aluminum operations and its downstream fabricating assets in the rapidly growing Asian market is an exciting prospect."

The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies. The closing of the transaction is not conditional on Hindalco obtaining financing. The transaction will be completed by way of a plan of arrangement under applicable Canadian law. It will require the approval of 66 2/3% of the votes cast by shareholders of Novelis Inc. at a special meeting to be called to consider the arrangement followed by Court approval. The transaction is also subject to certain other customary conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2007.

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