Tata Motors (TML) does a start-up kind of fund raising and announces $1 bn of investments from TPG and ADQ (of Abu Dhabi) in it’s EV business.
Key points to note –
- The investment values the EV business at $9.1 bn post money.
- Funds will come in two tranches – 50% by March 2022 and balance 50% by December 2022.
- Funding is part of the total $2 bn of investments that TML expect to make in the EV business over the next 5 years.
- EV business will be housed in a separate subsidiary (EVCo) – 85-89% to be held by Tata Motors and balance 11-15% to be held jointly by TPG and ADQ. Actual dilution being a convertible structure would depend upon milestone achievement.
- EVCo will have an asset light model and primarily focus upon R&D, IPs and creation of charging infrastructure. Manufacturing will be outsourced to the fully owned Passenger Vehicles Company (PVCo) of TML.
- EVCo will also benefit from the cross synergies of other group entities including Tata Power (EV charging installations), Tata Chemicals (lithium-ion cells, batteries), Tata Autocomp (battery assembly), TCS (connected car tech, designing and R&D), Tata Motorsfinance (finance) etc.
For TMSL – it’s a brilliant deal reminding of a typical start-up funding culture.
For TPG and ADQ – it allows them to participate in a speculated high growth area of electric vehicles and that too through Tata’s ecosystem.
Valuations – not the right time to try analysing that. Who would want to miss out on a probable next Tesla for few billion dollars – so why to haggle !