Tuesday, September 22, 2020

SP Group highlights value destruction through Tata aviation biz and Tata Steel UK

New Delhi: SP Group in its decision to separate from the Tata Group has highlighted the value destruction from Tata Steel, UK and the group's aviation business.

SP Group said that it is a matter of public record that several issues identified years earlier, continue to plague the group. Be it the operations of Tata Steel UK, where over the last three years alone the operational losses have increased by an additional 11,000 crore, or the Group's aviation businesses. These actions, or lack thereof, have meant that the total debt in the major Tata group companies has increased by approximately Rs 1 lakh crore in the last three years.

Excluding TCS, the last quarters losses of all the listed group companies of approximately 14,000 crore causes great concern.

It is said that Cyrus Mistry as Tata Group chairman had been opposed to the aviation business and ventures of Vistara and Air Asia.

Now again, Tata group has been talked about as a potential bidder for Air India which is up for sale.

After the SP Group announced its intent to separate from the Tata Group, calculators will be out to establish a notional value of the SP Group's holding in Tata Sons.

SP Group is the largest minority shareholder owning an 18.37 per cent stake in Tata Sons. Purely on a market capitalization basis, considering the value of these 28 companies, the SP Group stake would be worth a little more than Rs 2 lakh crore going by the March 2019 figures. SP Group has talked about reaching at a fair and equitable solution reflecting the value of the underlying tangible and intangible assets.

The Tata group is a global enterprise, headquartered in India, comprising 30 companies across 10 clusters. The group operates in more than 100 countries across six continents.

Tata Sons is the principal investment holding company and promoter of Tata companies. Sixty-six percent of the equity share capital of Tata Sons is held by philanthropic trusts, which support education, health, livelihood generation and art and culture. In 2018-19, the revenue of Tata companies, taken together, was $ 113.0 billion (Rs 792,710 crore), as per the Tata Group.

These companies collectively employ over 720,000 people. Each Tata company or enterprise operates independently under the guidance and supervision of its own board of directors. There are 28 publicly-listed Tata enterprises with a combined market capitalisation of over $ 160 billion (Rs 11.09 lakh crore) as on March 31, 2019, as per the group. The market cap as on March 31, 2018 was Rs 9.45 lakh crore.

22/09/20 daijiworld

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