Mumbai ;The Shapoorji Pallonji Group, founded by Cyrus Mistry’s family, has been facing financial difficulties and wanted to raise funds by pledging shares of Tata Sons, the Tata group holding company in which the Mistry family owns just over 18.37%. It is the second-largest shareholder in Tata Sons after Tata Trusts.
“The SP-Tata relationship spanning over 70 years, was forged on mutual trust, good faith, and friendship. Today, it is with a heavy heart that the Mistry family believes that a separation of interests would best serve all stakeholder groups.”
The pledging of Tata Sons shares was opposed by the Tata group that moved an urgent petition in the Supreme Court. Subsequently, the SP Group sent a notice to the Tata Group seeking damages from Tata Sons and its board members for “illegally blocking” the Mistry family’s bid to raise funds by pledging shares of the Tata Group’s key holding company Tata Sons.
When the matter came up in the apex court today, the Tata Group said it’s open to buying the Mistry family stake as part of a proposal to help end a years-long legal dispute between the two parties. The two sides have been locked in a bitter legal battle since 2016 when Cyrus Mistry was expelled as chairman of Tata Sons in a boardroom coup.Since then, Mistry has sought to prove oppression and mismanagement by the group, failing to do so at the National Company Law Tribunal but succeeded at the appellate tribunal. That ruling now stands appealed by the Tatas in the Supreme Court, though the case is yet to begin hearing.
While the statement offers no further detail on the process of such a separation, it is expected to be court driven as both sides have made their intent clear in the apex court. The Tata Group will have to detail its proposal to purchase the stake, including valuation, source of funding, etc. The Mistry side will then have decide if its willing to accept the offer.According to the person, Tata Sons valuation would be approximately Rs 10 lakh crore, including the holding company’s stakes in the various listed and unlisted companies of the group as well as the Tata brand value. That could put the value of the Mistry family stake at between Rs 1.75-2 lakh crore.