Tata Motors on Monday said its shareholders have approved hiving off its passenger vehicles business into a separate entity. On March 5, the shareholders of the company voted to consider and approve the transfer of the passenger vehicles business unit to TML Business Analytics Services Ltd. as a going concern on a slump sale basis for a lump sum consideration. The company had said that its passenger vehicles business has been valued at Rs 9,417 crore. In a regulatory filing, Tata Motors said total 2,15,41,38,392 votes were polled, of which 2,15,32,39,294 were in favour of the resolution, translating into 99.958% of the total votes, while 8,99,098 votes (0.042%) were against.
In terms of public institutional shareholders, total 68,86,10,054 votes were polled with all of them in favour and none against the resolution. In the public, non-institutional shareholders category, total 15,20,76,906 votes were polled with 15,11,77,808 votes (99.409%) in favour and 8,99,098 votes (0.591%) against the move. The company management had stated that it expects the process of hiving off its domestic passenger vehicles business to be completed around May-June this year, although it has not yet taken a call on a potential partner for the business.
Tata Motors had announced that it would turn its domestic PV business unit into a separate entity and seek a strategic partnership in order to help the unit secure its long-term viability. Tata Motors has maintained that as part of an overall business reorganisation plan and in order to provide for the optimum running, growth and development of the passenger vehicle undertaking and its interests it was necessary to realign the business. This would help in providing differentiated focus for the passenger vehicle and commercial vehicle businesses separately and help each of them realise their potential while also unlocking business value and enhanced management focus and operational flexibility in each of the businesses.