20 May, 2009
Tata Motors today raised Rs. 4200 crores ($ 840 million) through issue of Secured Non-Convertible Rupee Debentures. The issue opened for bids today at 10 am and closed at 5 pm. The funds raised will be used for part repayment of the $3 billion bridge facility taken for acquiring Jaguar Land Rover. Tata Motors had earlier prepaid $1.11 billion.
This debenture issue, which is among the largest by an Indian corporate, is first of its kind for the Indian capital markets. The debentures, issued in four tranches with maturities ranging from 23 to 83 months, carry a coupon of 2% and will be redeemed at varying premia on maturity. All the tranches are guaranteed by the State Bank of India (SBI).
Mr. C. Ramakrishnan, Chief Financial Officer of Tata Motors, said, “The issue was quite a success and well oversubscribed. The issue structure effectively met the company’s requirement of tenors, cost and servicing. We thank the investors, guaranteeing banks and our advisors for their support and confidence in the company.”
The issue attracted interest from a wide base of institutional investors comprising mutual funds, banks, insurance companies and financial institutions. A book building process was followed for price discovery and the maturity yields were fixed at 6.75% p.a. for the 23 month tranche, 8.40% p.a. for the 47 month tranche, 8.45% p.a. for the 59 month tranche and 10% p.a. for the 83 month tranche. Citigroup and Tata Capital were Lead Arrangers for the debenture issue and SBI Capital Markets was the Joint Lead Arranger.
While SBI issued the master guarantee of Rs. 4900 crores in favour of the debenture trustee, 10 other Indian banks participated in the facility through counter guarantees provided to SBI. SBI Capital Markets was the Lead Arranger for the guarantee syndication and Citigroup along with Tata Capital were the Joint Lead Arrangers.
The debentures have been rated LAAA(so) by ICRA and AAA(so) by CRISIL.
About Tata Motors
Tata Motors is India’s largest automobile company, with revenues of US$ 8.8 billion in 2007-08. Through subsidiaries and associate companies, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand and Spain. Among them is Jaguar Land Rover, the business comprising the two iconic British brands. It also has an industrial joint venture with Fiat in India. With over 4 million Tata vehicles plying in India, Tata Motors is the country’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top three in passenger vehicles. It is also the world’s fourth largest truck manufacturer and the second largest bus manufacturer. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia and South America. (www.tatamotors.com)