May 13, 2013

Tata Steel: Review of impairment for FY 2012-13

Mumbai: Tata Steel has substantially completed its year end impairment review for the consolidated financial statements for the financial year end March 31, 2013, as required under the Indian Accounting Standards. The above review was undertaken taking into account the external economic environment and macroeconomic conditions especially in Europe, the underlying demand-supply imbalance of the global steel industry and the prudent view of the forecast of the businesses. Based on the above, the company expects non-cash write down of the goodwill and assets in the consolidated financial statements for the year ended March 31 of around $1.6 billion.

The impairment is primarily due to a weaker macroeconomic and market environment in Europe where apparent steel demand has fallen significantly in 2012-13 by almost 8 percent which in aggregate results in almost 30 percent since the emergence of the global financial crisis in 2007. The above underlying condition is expected to continue over the near and medium term, and has led to the downward revision of cash flow expectations underlying the valuation of the European business. The impairment also includes the effect of write down of assets in the ferro chrome business in South Africa and the mini blast furnace in Tata Steel Thailand, which has been impacted by the high cost of raw material feedstock.

The final figures will be included in the full year results on May 23, 2013.

The company's financial covenants are unaffected by the above non-cash write down of goodwill and assets.