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Tata group to invest $35 billion in three years

Addressing the Tata group's Annual Leadership Conference in Mumbai this evening, Tata group Chairman Cyrus Mistry laid out the road map for the diversified conglomerate, which saw its total revenue crossing the $100 billion mark again in 2013-14.

When contacted a Tata group spokesperson declined to share the details saying it was an internal event but confirmed three key points outlined as part of its strategy. These include nurturing of group companies by leveraging the parenting advantage of the group centre; harnessing synergies to maximise the performance of companies and optimising its portfolio for sustained future performance.

‘The Tata group's Vision 2025 is: '25 per cent of the world's population will experience the Tata commitment to improving the quality of life of customers and communities. As a result, Tata will be amongst the 25 most admired corporate and employer brands globally, with a market capitalisation comparable to the 25 most valuable companies in the world,’ the spokesperson said.

‘Towards fulfilling this vision, the Tata group will be investing about $35 billion in the next 3 years,’ the spokesperson added.

As part of the strategy, the group will nurture its companies by ‘building the reputation of the Tata brand globally, attracting and developing leaders of tomorrow, and improving the Tata Business Excellence Model (TBEM) process to strengthen performance discipline within the group’.

This strategy will also include support to companies, if required, to restructure their businesses which do not have the potential to meet performance and strategic criteria in the long term or benefit from parenting advantages. To maximise synergies, the group is creating a special focus on four new clusters — defence & aerospace, retail, infrastructure, finance.

The group centre will also focus on companies which are world class and, where necessary, facilitate creation of new companies.

Tata group's total revenue grew by 18.5 per cent in 2013-14 at Rs Rs 6,24,757 crore ($103.27 billion).

The group that has over 100 operating companies in seven business sectors — communications and information technology, engineering, materials, services, energy, consumer products and chemicals —had posted total revenue of Rs 5,27,047 crore ($96.79 billion) in the previous fiscal. The international revenues of the group in the fiscal 2013-14 stood at Rs 4,19,860 crore, up 27 per cent from Rs 3,30,530 crore in the preceding fiscal, as per information available on its website.

The group's 32 listed companies had a market capitalisation of Rs 8,46,535 crore as on 24 July, 2014 as compared to Rs 6,84,859 crore on March-end 2014 and Rs 5,18,716 crore on March-end 2013.

Tata companies have operations in more than 100 countries across six continents, and export products and services to over 150 countries.

In terms of net forex earnings during the fiscal, it jumped by 93.5 per cent at Rs 32,129 crore as compared to Rs 16,604 crore in the year-ago period.

In 2013-14, the group's employee count increased by 6.8 per cent to 5,81,473 from 5,44,502 in the previous year. The information technology and communications sector accounted for 57.5 per cent of the total employee count with 3,34,569 people in 2013-14.
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