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Case Code : FINC086 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 500;
For delivery through courier (within India): Rs. 500 + Rs. 25 for Shipping & Handling Charges

Themes: Strategic Financial Management

Case Length : 23 Pages
Period : 1959-2012
Pub. Date : 2013
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : Wockhardt Limited
Industry : Pharmaceutical
Countries : India


Wockhardt Limited was the fifth largest pharmaceutical company in India before it got into financial trouble in 2008. The company moved to the corporate debt restructuring cell in the first half of 2009 to get out of the trouble that was rooted in a mounting debt burden and huge losses in complex currency derivatives. After two years of continuous losses, Wockhardt was able to come back in the third quarter of 2010. However, its hurdles and legal dispute continued till late 2012.

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To come out of the crises, Wockhardt under the leadership of Habil Fakhruddin Khorakiwala, its Chairman, sold its noncore businesses, cut down costs, and kept a distance from derivatives. This ultimately revived the company, resulting in the fastest turnaround in Indian corporate history. The case study helps the students to analyze the turnaround of Wockhardt. It also discusses the importance of leadership in the turnaround of any company.


  • Discuss the reasons for the trouble at Wockhardt.
  • Understand the steps and constraints involved in the financial restructuring of Wockhardt.
  • Understand the important role of operation efficiency during financially restructuring.
  • Analyze the management role in the restructuring of Wockhardt.
  • Contents:

      Page No.
    Introduction 1
    History of Wockhardt 2
    Demerger of Business into Two Companies 3
    Wockhardt Acquisation Spree Through Leverge - Growth Phase 4
    Trouble at Wockhardt - Declining Phase 6
    Wockhardt Under Corporate Debt Restructuring 8
    Liquidating Assets 9
    Default on FCCBs Payment Consequences 10
    Turndaround at Wockhard - Fruits of Restructuring 12
    Wockhardt Acquisation Spree Through Leverge - Growth Phase 13
    Another Attempt to Sell Nutrition Business 13
    Surprising Financing Performance 14
    Sale of Nutrition Business - Pay to Exit CDR 15
    Looking Forward 16
    Exhibits 17


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