Food de-merger: Tata to transfer biz from TCL to Global Beverages

New Delhi: Tata group announced the transfer of its branded food business from Tata Chemicals Ltd to Tata Global Beverages Ltd in an all shares deal that will create an over Rs 9,000 crore giant.

Tata Global Beverages Ltd (TGBL) will buy the business of selling edible salt, spices, and lentils and give shares in return to Tata Chemicals Ltd (TCL). TGBL will rename itself after the deal as Tata Consumer Products Ltd.

The Boards of Directors of TGBL and TCL, at their respective meetings Wednesday, approved the de-merger of the consumer products business of TCL into TGBL, the company said in a statement.

Each shareholder of TCL will get 1.14 new equity shares of TFBL for every one equity share held. The proposed transaction will create a focused consumer products company with a combined turnover of Rs 9,099 crore and an EBIDTA of Rs 1,154 crore.

“The combination of the two consumer-focused businesses will benefit both sets of shareholders who will be able to participate in a larger business poised to grow their share of the foods and beverages market with a broader exposure to the attractive and fast growing FMCG sector,” the statement said.

TGBL sells tea under Tetley and Tata Tea brands as also coffee under Eight O’Clock brand and bottled water. TCL, the world’s third-largest producer of soda ash, will focus on its core chemicals business after this deal, the firm said.

The statement said TCL shareholders will retain their ownership of a focused science-led chemistry solutions and specialty products company with a leading portfolio of products in basic and specialty chemicals and strong cash flows to support future growth.

The transaction is subject to necessary statutory and regulatory approvals including those of National Company Law Tribunal, stock exchanges, SEBI, and respective shareholders.

Commenting on the announcement, chairman, Tata Sons, N Chandrasekaran, said, “Tata Consumer Products consolidates our current presence in food and beverages in the fast-growing consumer sector. Through this combination, we have created a strong growth platform to meet the growing aspirations of Indian consumers.”

NT Bureau