The Tata Group, India’s diversified conglomerate, is exploring the possibility of taking its auto components manufacturing business, Tata Autocomp Systems (TACO), public through an initial public offering (IPO), according to sources familiar with the matter.

Discussions are in the early stages, focusing on which Tata Group entities will divest their stakes in TACO and the total quantum of stake to be offered in the IPO.

Key points about the potential IPO:

  • Rationale: The public listing is seen as a way to raise capital for future growth and expansion, as well as enhance the visibility and brand value of TACO. It could also provide an exit opportunity for some Tata Group entities holding stakes in the company.
  • Company profile: Established in 1995, TACO is a leading supplier of automotive components to major Indian and multinational automakers like Tata Motors, Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra & Mahindra, and Ford. It operates through 17 manufacturing facilities across India and employs over 12,000 people.
  • Market sentiment: The Indian IPO market has been buoyant in recent months, with several successful listings like IRCTC, Tata Technologies, and Inox Leisure. This bodes well for the potential TACO IPO and could attract strong investor interest.
  • Timeline: While specific details are still being worked out, the formal IPO process is expected to begin later this year, pending regulatory approvals and market conditions.

Analysts’ perspectives:

  • “The auto components sector is expected to witness robust growth in the coming years, driven by factors like rising vehicle demand, increasing electrification, and focus on localization. A Tata Autocomp IPO would provide investors with exposure to this promising space,” said an auto analyst at a Mumbai-based brokerage firm.
  • “The success of the IPO will depend on various factors, including the valuation, market conditions, and investor sentiment towards the auto components sector,” added another analyst.

The potential public listing of TACO marks another significant step in the Tata Group’s ongoing efforts to unlock value from its diverse businesses and raise capital for growth. If successful, the IPO could further strengthen TACO’s position in the Indian auto components market and provide attractive returns for investors.