The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approved the acquisition of Tata Communications Limited (“TCL”) by Panatone Finvest Limited (“Acquirer”) under Section 31(1) of the Competition Act, 2002, today.
The Proposed Combination envisages the proposed acquisition of such shareholding not exceeding 26.12 per cent by the Acquirer in the Target (“Proposed Combination”). As a result of the Proposed Combination, the Acquirer Group / Tata Group would increase its shareholding from 48.87 per cent to such shareholding not exceeding 74.99 per cent.
The Acquirer is a Systemically Important Non-Deposit Taking Core Investment Company (“CIC-ND-SI”) registered with the Reserved Bank of India and is a subsidiary of Tata Sons and belongs to the Tata Group.
TCL is part of the Tata group and is a facilities-based service provider of a broad range of integrated communications services. It generates revenue from three business segments - wholesale voice, enterprise and carrier data and others. In India, TCL is, directly and indirectly through its subsidiaries, engaged in the following activities:
- International Long-Distance services (“ILD”) – voice;
- National Long-Distance services (“NLD”) – voice;
- Undersea cable systems (“UCS”);
- Internet Service Provider (“ISP”), offering connectivity, messaging, Internet telephony; and
- Enterprise business providing valued added services