acquisition of steel business of NatSteel will give Tisco
an entry into the South-east Asian market. The Indian
steel major has announced that it is acquiring the steel
business of NatSteel of Singapore for a cash payment of
$286mn or Rs1,300 crore. NatSteel has a presence across
S.E.Asia, through which Tisco will now be able to cater
to growing demand in that region, says an analyst with
a leading securities research firm.
is expected that the acquisition of NatSteel would ensure
a low cost entry into these markets for Tisco as entry
barriers in countries like Malaysian are quite high. NatSteel
has a rolling capacity of 3mnt, of which it currently
uses approx. 2mnt. With Tisco''s expertise, the throughput
could be improved.
manufactures steel through the secondary route, using
scrap, sponge and pig iron. Tisco has large reserves of
iron ore as well as coal, which it can easily convert
into sponge (with some capex) and utilise the downstream
production to produce steel. The Indian company has a
potential of saving Rs 6,000 a ton of steel in costs at
the operating level, analysts said.
appears that Tisco has struck a good deal, and the acquisition
should be viewed as a long term strategic move that should
start contributing significantly to Tisco''s bottomline
from FY06 on," analysts said. On an investment of
Rs1,300 crore, the company has a potential to earn 10-12
per cent returns in FY05, and 20 per cent in FY06 onwards.
The Tisco stock has been seeing some buying interest
over the past couple of weeks on expectation of steel
prices firming up further in the coming months. It is
expected that the company will benefit from the foreign