This is part of a deal where Tata Group, GIC, SSG Capital will invest a total of Rs 8,000 crore in GMR airports business.

Tata Group enters airport business buys 20 stake in GMR Infrastructure Image credit: Risabh Mathur via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Money Airports Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 11:14

GMR Infrastructure on Wednesday said Tata Group, along with an affiliate of Singapore's sovereign wealth fund "GIC" and SSG Capital Management, would invest Rs 8,000 crore in GMR Airports Ltd (GAL).

The investment marks the entry of the Tata Group into the airport business.

GMR Infrastructure has signed a "binding term sheet" with the investors pursuant to which the investors have agreed to invest the amount in the airport business, the company said in a regulatory filing.

"The investment amount of Rs 8,000 crore will consist of Rs 1,000 crore equity infusion in GAL and Rs 7,000 crore towards purchase of GAL's equity shares from GIL and its subsidiaries," it said. 

After the investment, GMR Infrastructure and its subsidiaries will hold 54 per cent stake in GAL, Tatas will hold 20 per cent stake, GIC will hold 15 per cent, SSG will hold 10 per cent, and Employee Welfare Trust will have 2 per cent.

Following the investment, GMR Infrastructure proposes to separate its energy, highways, urban infrastructure and transportation businesses, leading to the separation of its airport business, subject to customary consents, regulatory and corporate approvals, the company said.

However, GMR Infra will continue to have management control over the airports business with the investors having customary rights and board representation at GAL and its key subsidiaries.

As per terms of the proposed investment, GMR Infrastructure will retain management control over the airports business and the investors would have customary rights and board representation at GAL and its key subsidiaries.

GMR Airports’ existing private equity investors, which include Macquarie-SBI Infrastructure Investments Limited, Standard Chartered Private Equity (Mauritius) III Limited and JM Financial Old Lane India Corporate Opportunities Fund Limited will sell the 5.86% stake they own together to the new investors.

While the airport business brings in 60% of total revenue for GMR, the company has a net debt of around Rs 20,000 crore, out of which Rs 6,800 crore is from the airport business.

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