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Tata Motors completes $750-mn share-sale issue

The response is a reflection of the market confidence in the underlying performance and outlook of the Group, CFO C Ramakridhnan said.

twitter-logoPTI | October 13, 2010 | Updated 14:50 IST

Tata Motors on Tuesday said its share issue aggregating $750 million (Rs 3,351 crore) has been successfully completed.

The issue comprising 'A' ordinary shares aggregating $550 million and ordinary shares aggregating $200 million has been subscribed 3.4 times, the auto major said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange.

"The response is a reflection of the market confidence in the underlying performance and outlook of Tata Motors Group, including Jaguar and Land Rover, and we are very grateful for the faith reposed by the investors," Chief Financial Officer C Ramakrishnan said.

"This is an another milestone in our financing strategy and balance sheet de-leveraging," he added.

A Committee of Board of Directors in a meeting held on Tuesday decided to issue and allot 32,165,000 'A' ordinary shares at a price of Rs 764 per share and 83,20,300 scrips at a price of Rs 1,064 per share - aggregating to a total issue size of Rs 3,351 crore.

Tata Motors had on October 4 increased the size of its institutional share sale to $750 million from $525 million, on receiving good response to the offer.

The amount was to be raised through qualified institutional placement (QIP).

Earlier, the company had planned to raise $325 million through the issue of 'A' ordinary shares and $200 million through issue of ordinary shares.

The company intends to use the proceeds primarily for reducing debt, capital expenditure and long-term capital requirements, among other things.

Citigroup Global Markets India Private Ltd and Credit Suisse Securities (India) Private Limited are the book running lead managers (BRLMs) to the offer.

Shares of Tata Motors were trading at Rs 1,155.25 on the BSE in afternoon trade on Tuesday, up 0.48 per cent from the previous close.

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