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Tata Industries raises Rs 250 crore via corporate bonds to refinance debt

Tata Industries raises Rs 250 crore via corporate bonds to refinance debt

Finance
MUMBAI: Tata Industries, the holding company for new-age businesses at Tata Group, raised Rs 250 crore by selling corporate bonds to Birla Sunlife Mutual Fund, Aditya Birla Finance and Kotak Mutual Fund as it looks to refinance existing debt and spend on general business purposes. Tata Industries issued 2,500 nonconvertible debentures (NCDs) of the face value of Rs 10 lakh each, according to documents seen by ET. Kotak Mutual Fund and Birla Sunlife Mutual Fund subscribed to Rs 100 crore worth of NCDs each while Aditya Birla Finance subscribed to Rs 50 crore worth of NCDs. ICICI Bank was the sole arranger of the private placement. "We do not share information on such matters. Suffice it to say that, from time to time, Tata Industries raises funds as part of its ongoing activities," a Ta...
How to kill a corporate zombie

How to kill a corporate zombie

Finance
WHAT is the best way to kill a zombie? Fans of Daryl Dixon, a character in “The Walking Dead”, a television series, will know the answer: a crossbow bolt to the brain. Getting rid of corporate zombies, however, is a much more complicated process.Ageing populations mean that the workforces in developed economies are likely to stagnate, or even shrink, in coming decades. That means almost all the burden of economic growth is likely to fall on productivity improvements. There has been a lot of focus on labour-market flexibility as the key to solving this problem, but the flexibility of the corporate sector may be just as important. Indeed, there is a growing belief that the persistence of zombie firms—companies that keep operating despite a poor financial performance—may explain the weak prod