Tata Steel inks pact with HBIS Group to divest majority stake in SE Asia biz

NEW DELHI, Jan 28: Tata Steel Monday said its wholly owned subsidiary T S Global Holdings has signed definitive agreements with HBIS Group to divest majority stake in its South-East Asia business.
The agreements were signed in Beijing, China, Tata Steel said in a statement.
“T S Global Holdings Pte Ltd (TSGH) (an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Steel Ltd) has executed definitive agreements with HBIS Group Co Ltd (HBIS) controlled entity to divest its entire equity stake in NatSteel Holdings Pte Ltd (NSH) and Tata Steel (Thailand) Public Company Ltd (TSTH),” the company said.
As per the agreement, the divestment will be made to a company, in which 70 per cent equity shares will be held by an entity controlled by HBIS and 30 per cent will be acquired by TSGH.
T V Narendran, CEO and Managing Director, Tata Steel said, it has been in discussions with HBIS Group over the future of South-East Asia (SEA) business.
“The definitive agreement is a significant milestone in our strategic relationship, offering the SEA business robust growth opportunities, given the access to resources, technical expertise and regional understanding of HBIS. Tata Steel remains committed through its shareholding to help create a sustainable future for all stakeholders,” he said.
Tata Steel Group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 27.5 million tonnes per annum (MTPA). It is one of the world’s most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and commercial presence across the world.
HBIS Group was established on June 30, 2008 by the merger of Tangshan Iron and Steel Group and Handan Iron and Steel Group of Hebei Province in China. It is amongst the largest steel makers in the world.
The Chinese firm is into home appliance, automotive steel, and supplies steel for nuclear power, marine engineering, bridges and construction. (PTI)