Tata Steel's Global Ambitions: Acquisition of Corus
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July 8, 2009
Tata Steel shook the world by announcing its move to acquire Corus - the world's ninth-largest steel producer and almost six times its size. The announcement took the global steel industry by surprise because with revenue of $3.2 billion, Tata Steel was not expected to bid for a giant like Corus which had revenue of GBP 10 billion in 2005-06. Brazil's CSN also jumped into the fray and a bidding war started.
The paper describes the Tata steel’s turn around in the 1990s and the decision drivers of Tata’s quest to acquire Corus including a threatening Mittal-Arcelor looking to enter India. We found that the valuation was in lines with the final price paid to Corus and Tata’s strategy over the years is path breaking and it may further consolidate.
Keywords: Acquisition, synergy, valuation, cold-rolling mill, Mittal-Arcelor
JEL Classification: G34
Date posted: July 9, 2009