Tata Sons to Infuse Rs. 36,000 Crore in Tata Teleservices Ahead of Airtel Merger: Report

Follow Us

Tata Sons is looking to infuse over Rs 36,000 crore in Tata Teleservices in a move to bolster the ailing telecom operator's balance sheet, following the exit of NTT Docomo's exit from the company, Times of India reported. The investment would be either through the equity route or by providing corporate guarantees to TTSL for its borrowing programme. This investment will be the largest infusion by Tata Sons in an operating Tata company this year.


Tata Tele has been continuously receiving financial and managerial support from Tata Sons. The promoters have made large investments in Tata Tele to funds its losses as well as for capital expenditure.

Along with the announcement of the deal with Bharti Airtel for the sale of its consumer wireless business on a cash free debt free basis, Tata Sons has committed to infuse in FY18, Rs 20,000 crore into Tata Tele to largely repay a part of its term loans as well as to meet its other liabilities.

The demonstrated support and commitment of funds from Tata Sons is credit positive for Tata Tele. The ratings of Tata Tele centrally derive comfort from the support of Tata Sons, Care Ratings said.

Care Ratings, however, said that Tata Teleservices could see a reduction in their cost of borrowing. The agency also revised rating grades for different loan facilities, using which it had raised Rs 6746.11 crore earlier. "The revision in the ratings on the bank facilities of Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Limited (TTML) factors in the demonstrated and continued support from Tata Sons," it added.

The agency further said that Tata Sons will work with TTSL (TTSL and TTML) in case it needs to organize for any shortfall in liquidity, to meet external liabilities in a timely manner, as may be required.

"The ratings on the bank facilities of TTML continue on ‘Credit Watch with Developing Implications’ on account of the announcement by TTML and Tata Teleservices Limited (TTSL) to combine their consumer telecom business with Bharti Airtel Limited," It added.

The loss-making Tata Tele will use the money received from the Airtel deal to clear its debt, which stands over Rs 40,000 crore, including deferred spectrum fees of Rs 9,500 crore, according to various media reports.

Care said that the ratings continue to factor in the financial flexibility enjoyed by the company by virtue of being part of the Tata group. The rating strengths are, however, tempered by continued losses, high leverage position on account of significant debt-funded capital expenditure and intense competition in the industry.
"Ability of the company to timely complete the sale of its consumer telecom business and stem losses in the face of intense competition and continued support from the Tata Group remain the key rating sensitivities," it added.

Reported By

Managing Editor

Chakri is a go-to guy for your next smartphone recommendation. Back in his engineering days, he used to play with smartphones by installing custom ROMs and that passion got him into the tech industry. He still goes nuts about a smartphone knocking his door for review. Currently managing everything at Telecom Talk, Chakri is trying to master PUBG Mobile in his free time.

Recent Comments

shivraj roy :

This all happened because of Jio launch Before jio the data rates were shit (not actually shit but indians have…

India's Mobile Broadband Speed Surges: 1.30 Mbps to 75.80 Mbps

Faraz :

Can Jio use 50 MHz single block of n40 all together for 5G if they buy another 10 MHz ?…

India's Next Spectrum Auction to Take Place in Early 2024:…

Krishn :

What is the use of data in BSNL network?

BSNL Value Long-Term Data Vouchers with 2GB of Daily Data

Rohit Yadav :

Hi Tanay, Could you please explain or let us know the new masts concepts and how are they different from…

Telefonica Germany to Test Fast 5G for Rail Passengers

Rohit Yadav :

Hi Tanay, Can you please let us know the meaning of new masts concets and how they are different from…

Telefonica Germany to Test Fast 5G for Rail Passengers

Load More
Notify of
oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments