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Tata Steel to merge all Tata Group metal companies with itself

CNBCTV18 logo CNBCTV18 23-09-2022 Hormaz Fatakia

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Tata Steel, one of India's largest steel producers has announced that it will combine all metal companies of the Tata Group into itself.

Under the scheme, the following companies will be amalgamated into Tata Steel:
  • Tata Steel Long Products
  • The Tinplate Company of India
  • Tata Metaliks
  • TRF
  • The Indian Steel & Wire Products
  • Tata Steel Mining
  • S&T Mining Company

The scheme is subject to approval of majority shareholders of all companies in question, market regulator SEBI, and the stock exchanges, along with other authorities as applicable.

Here is the share-swap ratio for all the companies in question:

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In an interview with CNBC TV-18, Tata Steel's Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer, Koushik Chatterjee said that the move made logical sense for the company and will be accretive to its EPS.

Here's how stocks have reacted to the news in early trade:
  • Tata Steel: Up 3.3 percent to Rs 106.90
  • Tata Metaliks: Down 3 percent to Rs 779.05
  • TRF: Locked in a 5 percent lower circuit at Rs 356.65. First lower circuit after coming out of GSM surveillance.
  • Tinplate: Down 4 percent to Rs 325.20
  • Tata Steel Long Products: Down 8.7 percent to Rs 683.90

The move also puts the spotlight on TRF, whose share price movement in recent times has been the subject of several discussions.

Shares of TRF had doubled over a period of six trading sessions between September 13 and September 20. The company attributed the movement to the stock being removed from the Graded Surveillance Measures Stage 3, under which trading in the stock could only take place once a week.

As of March 31, 2022, TRF had a net worth of negative Rs 294 crore. Since September 13, shares of TRF have been locked in upper circuits of 20 percent (twice), 10 percent (thrice) and 5 percent (thrice), based on revision of circuit filters for the stock.

Through the merger, Tata aims to focus on growth, operational efficiencies, and business synergies. "In addition, resulting corporate holding structure will bring enhanced agility to business ecosystem of the merged entity," the company wrote in an exchange filing.

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Rakesh Arora of Go India Advisors believes that although the merger announcement is positive from a long-term perspective, it does not change much for Tata Steel companies in the near-term. However, there will be some saving on administrative costs.

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