August 10, 2016
Tata Chemicals announces sale of its urea business to Yara for Rs2,670 crore
Mumbai: Tata Chemicals Board of Directors today considered and accepted the recommendations of the committee of directors as well as the audit committee for the transfer of the business of sale and distribution of urea and customised fertilisers, manufactured by the company at its plants located in Babrala, Uttar Pradesh (Urea Business), by way of a slump sale by the company to Yara Fertilisers India Private Limited (Yara India) pursuant to a scheme of arrangement (Scheme) approved by the board subject to all requisite regulatory and other approvals and sanction by the High Court/ National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) in the manner agreed by the company and Yara.
The Urea Business along with the assets, liabilities, contracts, deeds etc., shall be transferred and vested with Yara India pursuant to the Scheme becoming effective on a slump sale basis i.e., in exchange of a lump sum consideration to be paid by Yara India to the company, on the terms and conditions as agreed between by the company and Yara.
The lump sum consideration for the transfer of the Urea Business of the company by way of a slump sale pursuant to the Scheme is Rs2,670 crore, subject to certain adjustments after closing, as agreed between the parties in terms of the definitive agreements and the Scheme.
Tata Chemicals board of directors also approved the execution of definitive agreements between the company, Yara India, and Yara International ASA (Yara) regarding the sale and transfer of the Urea Business from the company to Yara India pursuant to the Scheme subject to satisfaction of conditions precedent including the Scheme being effective and all regulatory and other approvals as may be required.
The divestment of the Urea Business by Tata Chemicals will unlock value for the company, strengthen its balance sheet and will help to pursue growth potentials and opportunities in line with its strategic directions.
This process of divestment by Tata Chemicals is in line with the strategic direction of the company to continue to strengthen the fertiliser businesses by partnerships and/or transfer of ownership to world class companies. The Urea Business will now have the benefit of International network of Yara and its global expertise.
Tata Chemicals will continue to own the brands Paras, TKS and Daksha. This transaction does not include specialty products and complex fertilisers.
Speaking on the occasion R Mukundan, MD, Tata Chemicals, commented that this marks a decisive move on the part of the company to move forward on its strategy to build consumer business while maintaining leadership in inorganic chemicals business and focusing the farm business through its subsidiary Rallis and Metahelix. The company is pleased to have found a strong partner to parent its Urea Business.