Tata Steel board puts UK steel business sale on hold
Tata Steel, after its board meeting on Saturday, announced that it has decided to look at alternative and more sustainable portfolio solutions for the European businesses.
The company has now entered into discussions with strategic collaborations through a potential joint venture. However the talks are currently at preliminary stage and there can be no certainty of a transaction as the outcome depends on consultation and negotiations with various stake holders, the company said here.
In March this year, Tata steel announced that it would explore strategic alternatives for its UK business, including the potential sale of the business as a whole or in parts. The company and its advisers then contacted around 200 potential financial and industrial investors around the world to explore their interest in the business.
The company has also deeply engaged with the Government of the UK and Wales at every stage of the process. UK business minister Sajid Javid also held talks here with the senior management of Tata Steel including chairman Cyrus Mistry ahead of the company s board meeting.
Javid’s meeting with Tata management was crucial amid the reports that Tata Steel may “pause” its plans to sell off most of the troubled UK units, including the mammoth Port Talbot steelworks in Wales. Although Javid did not meet the media, he later tweeted, “Just finished meeting with Tata Steel in Mumbai. Now off to Delhi for talks on UK/India trade.”
“This is part of our ongoing dialogue with Tata to maintain momentum and achieve a long-term solution for UK steelmaking,” the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills had said in a statement in UK.