June 15, 2017
Warburg Pincus to invest $360 million to acquire significant minority stake in Tata Technologies from Tata Motors and Tata Capital
Mumbai: An affiliate of Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm focused on growth investing, has committed to invest around US$360 million for an approximate 43 percent equity stake in Tata Technologies, a global leader in engineering outsourcing and product development IT services. Warburg Pincus will purchase approximately 30 percent from Tata Motors and its subsidiary Sheba Properties, as well as the entire 13 percent stake held by Tata Capital (8.7 percent from Alpha TC Holdings Pte and 4.3 percent from Tata Capital Growth Fund I). Post the transaction, Tata Motors and affiliates of the Tata group will continue to retain a significant minority interest of approximately 43 percent in Tata Technologies, with the remaining ownership held by the management team and other shareholders.
Tata Technologies is a global engineering services and product development IT company, with more than 8,500 employees located in 23 countries. Tata Technologies helps the world to drive, fly, build and farm by enabling blue-chip automotive, aerospace and industrial machinery manufacturers realise better products. Leveraging its balanced onshore-offshore delivery model, Tata Technologies has recently delivered multiple fully outsourced vehicle programmes for automotive clients, a capability that is unique among India-based engineering services companies. Tata Technologies’ services portfolio combines engineering, research and development (ER&D); product lifecycle management (PLM) and connected enterprise IT (CEIT) solutions.
“Tata Technologies has developed significant engineering capabilities over the years. The partial divestment is part of Tata Motors’ plan to strategically monetise part of the value created while also inducting a valuable partner, together with whom the company can excel in its next phase of growth”, said C Ramakrishnan, group CFO, Tata Motors. Mr Ramakrishnan added, “We look forward to partnering with Warburg Pincus and achieving greater heights for the company and all its stakeholders”.
“Tata Technologies is widely acknowledged for its superior service offerings and its industry-leading engineering capabilities. The company has demonstrated the ability to scale accounts in a competitive industry by becoming embedded in the manufacturing and product development process of its customers. We are delighted to be partnering with the Tata group to support the continued growth and development of the company. We look forward to backing the strong management team at Tata Technologies, and leveraging Warburg Pincus’s global network and prior experience in the engineering services space to help grow the business, organically and inorganically, and create value for all stakeholders,” said Vishal Mahadevia, managing director and co-head, Warburg Pincus India.
“This investment is a testament to our achievements to date and, more importantly, of our great potential moving forward,” said Warren Harris, Tata Technologies CEO and MD. “As the engineering services outsourcing (ESO) market has matured from cost arbitrage and staff augmentation to increasingly high-end, strategic work, Tata Technologies has been there leading the charge. With the perspective and insights that Warburg Pincus offers as a premier global private equity firm, we are confident we will not only continue moving up the value chain, but materially accelerate our growth journey,” Mr Harris further added.
“Tata Technologies has demonstrated, over the past six years of our investment, a high-quality engineering services solution appreciated by its marquee client base. The company has scaled as per our expectations and will deliver an industry-leading return profile for the Fund,” said Akhil Awasthi, managing partner, Tata Capital Growth Fund I.
Citigroup Global Markets India acted as the sole financial advisor to Tata Motors, and Tata Capital Investment Banking acted as the sole financial advisor to Tata Capital. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals.