Tata Sky gears up for listing in FY22

  • Tata Sky started operations in 2004 as an 80:20 joint venture between Tata Sons and Network Digital Distribution Services FZ-LLC, an entity owned by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox.
The proposed IPO’s size may be around <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2,000-3,000 crore. Shutterstock Image
The proposed IPO’s size may be around 2,000-3,000 crore. Shutterstock Image
Published on Aug 04, 2021 05:50 AM IST
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BySwaraj Singh Dhanjal , Mumbai

Tata Sky, the satellite television business of the Tata group, will soon file draft share sale documents with the markets regulator for an initial public offering (IPO) by the end o March, two people aware of the development said.

“Work on the draft IPO prospectus is in advanced stages and could be filed with Sebi (Securities and Exchange Board of India) by next month; so, the deal could possibly be launched before the end of this fiscal,” one of the two people said. Kotak Mahindra Capital is advising Tata group on the IPO, the person said, adding a couple of foreign investment banks are also involved.

The IPO will provide an exit to investors, especially Disney which has been looking to sell its stake, the people cited above said, requesting anonymity.

“Disney does not have investments in any other distribution platform apart from Tata Sky. This is non-core for them, and they want to focus on their main consumer-focused business of Disney+, given the fierce competition in the OTT market. Other options were explored in the past to either bring in a strategic investor or Tatas buying Disney’s stake; but right now, it looks like the IPO is the way forward for the company,” said the second person.

“There are other investors, too, such as Temasek and Tata Capital, who have been invested in the company for a long time. They, too, would like to dilute some of their stakes. Disney, too, will sell part of its stake in the IPO,” he added.

The proposed IPO’s size may be around 2,000-3,000 crore, with a mix of primary capital raising for use in the business and secondary share sales by existing investors, the second person said.

Tata Sky started operations in 2004 as an 80:20 joint venture between Tata Sons and Network Digital Distribution Services FZ-LLC, an entity owned by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox. Disney acquired Fox in 2019. Disney owns an additional 9.8% stake in Tata Sky through TS Investments Ltd, where Fox owned a 49% stake, with Tata owning the rest. In FY08, Baytree Investments (Mauritius) Pte Ltd (Bay Tree), an affiliate of Temasek, acquired a 10% stake in Tata Sky, while in FY13, Tata Opportunities Fund and Tata Capital Ltd acquired an equity stake in the firm. Tata Sons has a 41.49% stake in the company.

Temasek and Tata Capital declined to comment. E-mails sent to Tata Sons and Disney remained unanswered till press time.

Tata Sky is the leader in the DTH market with a 33% share as of December 2020, ahead of Dish TV India, Bharti Telemedia and Sun Direct TV, whose market share stood at 25.45%, 25.17% and 16.35%, respectively, according to a report by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai).

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