IndiGrid Acquires Power Transmission firm ENICL for Rs 1,020 Cr

IndiGrid has announced the acquisition of power transmission firm ENICL for Rs 1,020 crore.

IndiGrid Transmission Firm ENICL

IndiGrid, the country’s first infrastructure investment trust in the power sector, has announced the acquisition of power transmission firm East North Interconnection Company Ltd (ENICL) for Rs 1,020 crore.

ENICL is part of the interstate transmission scheme network and consists of two 400 KV transmission lines with a total 900 circuit kilometers across Assam, Bihar and West Bengal, which were set up to evacuate power from north-east and eastern states to the northern region of India.

The Board of the Investment Manager has approved the acquisition of ENICL at a value of Rs 1,020 crore, a company statement said. The acquisition would increase the AUM of the firm by 10 percent to Rs 12,100 crore, it added.

It had signed an extension of the Right of First Offer deed with Sterlite Power for ENICL as disclosed in the Offer Document dated May 4, 2019, the statement said. As IndiGrid is leveraged at 45 percent net debt/AUM, it will be able to acquire the ENICL without any dilution. This acquisition will be funded by internal accruals, proceeds from the preference issue done in May 2019 and new debt.

The acquisition is expected to be consummated during the fourth quarter of 2019-20, subject to unitholders’ approval, execution of definitive agreements and regulatory approvals. Upon acquisition of the ENICL, the company’s net debt/AUM will continue to be below 49 percent.

Furthermore, the firms’ portfolio will increase to nine power transmission projects with a total network of 20 power transmission lines that span more than 5,800 circuit kilometers across 13 Indian states post this acquisition.

Harsh Shah, chief executive officer of IndiGrid said that the firm has another Rs 6500 crore pipeline of transmission projects under the framework agreement with Sterlite Power to reach an AUM of Rs 18,000 crore over next two years.

“We are committed to growing with the accretive acquisition of operating projects with long-term stable cash flows and low counter-party risks to achieve Rs 300 billion (Rs 30,000 crore) of AUM by 2022 while providing predictable and growing distributions to our investors.”

IndiGrid is the first infrastructure investment trust in the Indian power sector. It is managed by Sterlite Investment Managers Ltd which is majority-owned by PE firm KKR. Last May, it raised Rs 2,510 crore through preferential issue of which KKR and GIC contributed Rs 2,060 crore.

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Ayush Verma

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Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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