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ION Exchange is one of my old recommendations @ Rs.135 ,which is now trading almost 5 % lower @ Rs.126/-. In my previous posting I clearly mentioned that ,attitude of its promoters towards this listed entity is the major cause of concern for this company even if it is operating in an industry with huge potential.We know ,the potential of water/waste water treatment business is huge and scope is increasing with decreasing availability and increasing demand of water.Even this company is a pioneer in this sector and one among the few listed players from this segment ,till now investors are not enthused mainly due to the conflict of interest factor.Promoters of this company having some privately held companies in the same line of business.But now , after a long wait there is some early signs of a change in their attitude.Now they decided to merge one of their biggest privately held company ION Exchange Services(IESL) with the listed entity.IESL is operating in water/waste water treatment plant construction ,operation and allied services.Company having 27 offices across India and 2 abroad with an employee strength of 1200.Even the current turnover of of IESL is close to Rs.100 Cr,company havingconcrete plans to increase its business by 5 fold mainly through acquisitions and expansions to other territories like South Asia, Middle East and African nations.On merger of this company with ION Exchange , these plans will materialize through the listed entity.This merger will also increase the promoter stake in ION exchange and chances are there for higher promoter commitment. In another important development ,company decided to aggressively concentrate in the Rs.4000 Cr retail water purifier market with its flagship brand ‘Zero-B’. Even if this brand is the pioneer in this segment ,company lost its market share to Aquaguard,Pure it..etc.Now it is planning to revive its marketing network and spend more for advertisement. In the financial front too company is showing better performance in recent times.For the FY2012 ,company posted a turnover of Rs.651 Cr and a net profit of Rs.18 Cr compared with Rs.573 Cr and Rs.12 Cr in previous year. Promoters are currently holding 41% stake (pre-merger) and big investors including Rakesh Jhunjunwala holding another 12 % in this company .I believe the management at last realized the potential of the company they are possessing (Listing of VA Tech Wabag may acted as an eye opener) and decided to correct their past mistakes.If it happens so ,ION Exchange which is operating in an industry with huge potential and with well experienced promoters may turn asa multi bagger even from current level of Rs.126/-