Tata Motors converts $345 mn bonds to shares

Tata Motors converts $345 mn bonds to shares

Mumbai: Tata Motors, India’s largest vehicle maker, has retired $345 million debt by offering its foreign currency bondholders the option to convert earlier at a reduced conversion price.

In a statement issued late Tuesday, the maker of the ultra-cheap Nano cars said the offer was well received with bondholders representing 93% of yen-denominated bonds and 76% of dollar-denominated bonds opting to convert their bonds into ordinary shares.

The company alloted 26.64 million equity shares to the bondholders, the statement said.

The company had said last week that it was offering an early conversion of bonds into stock through an auction to help reduce the debt on its balance sheet.

The offer, managed by Standard Chartered Bank, Citigroup, Credit Suisse and J.P.Morgan, has helped improve the company’s networth and enhance financial flexibility, the statement said.