Tat Corus Essay

7710 Words Mar 16th, 2012 31 Pages
TATA & CORUS: A Case of Acquisition

“There are not many opportunities for producers in emerging low-cost markets to gain access to the markets of Europe other than by acquiring a company like Corus,” John Quigley (Editor, Industry Publication Steel week) Thousands of Indians didn’t offer prayers for Tata Steel to clinch the deal for the AngloDutch steel maker Corus, as they have for the recovery of hospitalized Bollywood superstars. Nor did they erect 40-foot billboards of a smiling Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Steel, after he won Corus. And the stock markets were clearly concerned about the Tata Steel’s new debt load. But despite all this, euphoria gripped the nation. Finance minister P. Chidambaram offered unspecified help, if needed,
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An Indian corporate or group company acquiring a business in Europe or the U.K. seemed possible only in the realm of fantasy. Recent reports of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and other organizations have recorded the fact that nowadays Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is more likely to flow in through cross border mergers (and not through Greenfield Projects). Though Corus is four times bigger than Tata but in the year 2006 the operating profit for Tata was $840 million, whereas in case of Corus it was $860 million. There are some major inputs, which leads Tata towards this huge profit. Tata acquired Corus on the 2nd of April 2007 for a price of $12 billion making the Indian company the world’s fifth largest steel producer. This acquisition process has started long back in the year 2005. However, Corus was involved in a considerable number of Merger & Acquisition (M&A) deals and joint ventures (JVs) before Tata. This process started in the year 2000 and with Tata it came to an end. In a period of seven years Corus was involved in 14 deals apart from Tata. (Refer Exhibit – 1 for the details about M&A deals by Corus). In 2005, when the deal was started the price per share was 455 pence. But during the time of acquisition held in 2007, the price per share was 608 pence, which is 33.6% higher than the first offer. For this deal Tata has financed only $4 billion, although the

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