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Stake sale in South East Asia biz to improve Tata Steel's plan: Fitch

Tata Steel's wholly owned subsidiary T S Global Holdings signed definitive agreements with HBIS Group to divest majority stake in its South-East Asia business

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Ratings Thursday said Tata Steel's plan to sell in South-business will improve its leverage profile.

As part of its strategic plan to exit non-core markets and focus more on the fast-growing home market, the domestic giant Monday signed an agreement to sell 70 per cent stake each in its two Southeast Asian arms to the of for around $480 million.

Tata Steel's wholly owned subsidiary signed definitive agreements with to divest in its South-business.

"Ltd's (TSL's) agreement to sell a in its south-east Asian will improve its leverage profile and allow it to focus on growing its highly profitable Indian business. However, we estimate the reduction in leverage to be limited due to the relatively minor nature of the assets," Ratings said in a statement.

The transaction will also allow TSL to increase its focus on growth in ndia, where it benefits from relatively fast demand growth and high rofitability due to captive iron-ore and coal production, it added.

The agency also said that further acquisitions and prices may also hurt TSL's financial profile.

TSL recently acquired and acquisition of Usha Martin Ltd's steel business is likely to be completed by March 2019, it said, adding the company is open to further acquisitions for the additional 5 MTPA of capacity to achieve its 30 MTPA goal.

First Published: Thu, January 31 2019. 17:35 IST