Apr 18, 2013, 12.32 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Moody's retains negative outlook on Tata Steel ratings

Rating agency Moody’s has reaffirmed its negative outlook on the credit ratings of Tata Steel and Tata Steel UK Holdings. It had assigned the negative outlook to the companies in August 2012 and continues to maintain it.

Moneycontrol Bureau

Rating agency Moody’s has reaffirmed its negative outlook on the credit ratings of  Tata Steel and Tata Steel UK Holdings. It had assigned the negative outlook to the companies in August 2012 and continues to maintain it.

“In the wake of weak demand and overcapacity seen in Europe, there is a risk that the weakening of Tata Steel’s credit metrics continues in FY14,” says the report, adding that the Indian operations too are experiencing margin pressures despite higher output, because of the slowing economy.

Moody’s expects consolidated adjusted debt/EBIDTA (earnings before interest, depreciation, taxes and amortization) around 5.8 times for FY13 and expects for an improvement to 5.5 times in FY14.

"However, further erosion of credit metrics could precipitate a rating downgrade,” says Alan Greene, Vice President Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s.

The report also points out that the steel cycle at least in India is past its worst and if Tata Steel can return towards a sustained operating profit of USD 300 per tonne, then the burden of Tata Steel UK Holdings can be borne by Tata Steel.

Moody’s believes Tata Steel UK Holdings remains a challenge for the group. “The European steel industry as a whole is suffering from underutilized capacity and Tata Steel UK Holdings along with other companies is looking for higher value added products and cost efficiencies in order to survive,” said the report.

Greene believes the expansion of profitable parts of Tata Steel are getting impacted on emergence of funding constraints on account of Tata Steel UK Holdings losses. He suggests further actions like disposal of Teeside Cast Products in 2011 is needed in order to reverse Tata Steel UK Holdings cash outflow.

Moody’s concludes the report saying that the Tata Steel’s ratings are unlikely to go up in the near future, but could return to a stable outlook. However, negative ratings pressure could develop in the event of a worsening in the operating environment beyond ratings agency’s expectations in the next six months.

Tata Steel stock price

On April 23, 2014, Tata Steel closed at Rs 426.60, up Rs 5.55, or 1.32 percent. The 52-week high of the share was Rs 435.40 and the 52-week low was Rs 195.40.


The company's trailing 12-month (TTM) EPS was at Rs 59.13 per share as per the quarter ended December 2013. The stock's price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio was 7.21. The latest book value of the company is Rs 568.46 per share. At current value, the price-to-book value of the company is 0.75.

Set email alert for

ADS BY GOOGLE

Buy & sell politicians on Power Play
- the political stock exchange

Price Update

Arvind Kejriwal

1695.71 -35.05 -2.03%

54071

Bought today

83300

Sold today

0.62%

User holding

video of the day

Add cyclicals, banks on positive poll outcome: UBS

Explore Moneycontrol

Copyright © e-Eighteen.com Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduction of news articles, photos, videos or any other content in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of moneycontrol.com is prohibited.