SICOM is a premier financial institution located in Mumbai, dedicated to catalyzing development in the Industry, Services and Infrastructure sectors in India by providing tailor-made financial solutions and advisory services to entrepreneurs, companies in the private and public sector and Government bodies
SICOM Limited was established in 1966, by the Govt. of Maharashtra as a 100% state owned company, with the objective of industrialising the backward areas of the State of Maharashtra. In the 38 years since its inception, SICOM, as the State Industrial Development Corporation (SIDC) for Maharashtra, has offered a range of services and extended Long Term Financial Assistance of more than Rs. 4,000 crores to over 3,000 units. The total investment catalysed in the backward areas of the state was to the tune of Rs. 85,000 cores.
In the past, term lending was the predominant activity for SICOM, with other services having a smaller share in terms of percentage of the total income. Over the last five years the product-mix has been diversified and SICOM now offers a range of services, which include fund based , as well as non-fund-based services. Fund based activities include providing of financial assistance by way of long term loans, leasing, short and medium term loans, and bills discounting. The above activities are supplemented by fee based activities like corporate advisory services, mergers, amalgamations and restructuring. SICOM's infrastructure advisory services include feasibility study, preparation of bid documents, loan syndication and assisting in identification of joint venture partners. Even though SICOM has diversified its product range, industrial financing continues to be the focus area of operation for SICOM.
SICOM hopes to play a major role for the IT enterprise that are being set up in the State of Maharashtra. SICOM has realised that IT entrepreneurs have special needs and SICOM has designed new products which cater to their specific needs. The customized term loan packages, that are project oriented or cash flow related are offered to these companies.
SICOM has launched a venture fund with participation from SIDBI and UWB. The fund is managed by SICOM and is targeted to provide equity support to companies in Information Technology sector. The fund operates from Pune. Information about the fund can he had from it's website www.sicomindia.com.
SICOM's website www.sicomindia.com provides more information about SICOM and nature of its operations. There is also a special section on “buy and sell opportunities” wherein entrepreneurs who are interested in seeking or offering industrial properties, sick units / mergers / acquisitions / partnership opportunities get a chance to interact on-line, this facility is found very useful by investors.
To international and domestic entrepreneurs, SICOM provides value added advice in setting up projects in Maharashtra. This includes advice on
i) Project Location
ii) Govt. Clearances
iii) Assistance in Legal Documentation
iv) Arranging for infrastructure
v) Funds syndication.
SICOM has been a profit making organization and has played a prominent role in the Industrial Development in the State of Maharashtra. SICOM is the nodal agency for NRI investment and FDI in Maharashtra. Further, SICOM successfully pioneered and operated the Package Scheme of Incentives of GoM. In 1995, following Government of India's policies of economic liberalisation and privatisation of PSUs, Govt. of Maharashtra privatized SICOM. Accordingly, 51% of GoM's stake in SICOM was divested, making SICOM the first and only SIDC so far, where Government has reduced its holding to below 50%.
Initially, SICOM adopted the Growth Centre strategy whereby select centres were identified viz. Nashik, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Roha, Butibori, etc. and then concentrated efforts were made to provide support services to nurture the industrialists setting up projects in these Growth Centres. It was believed that once the wheel of industrial development was set in motion, social development would follow. Over the years, one has seen this strategy bearing fruits. SICOM played an important role in implementing the Govt. of Maharashtra's specially designed policy offering incentives to the industrialists investing in backward area.
SICOM has five regional presence in Delhi, Nagpur, Pune, Aurangabad and Nashik. SICOM believes in continuously upgrading it's products and providing a wide range of financial and advisory services to Indian and International Investors.
SICOM is acting as an effective catalyst to encash the strengths of Maharashtra, such as industrial culture, comfortable power position, qualified human resources, excellent infrastructure, State Government's initiatives in attracting private investment in the infrastructure projects, good telecommunication network, five star category industrial parks with abundant water supply, excellent social infrastructure in the industrial locations, in attracting foreign investment as well as investment from the NRIs and Indian companies in Maharashtra.