Global PE Funds Eye Green Energy Business of IL&FS
Global private equity funds Actis, I Squared Capital, Lone Star Funds and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), the country’s largest pension fund manager, are interested in buying the renewable energy business of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services, three people with knowledge of the development said. The group’s renewable energy business, which will have about 1,300 MW of capacity once all projects are developed, is being valued at about Rs 2,500 crore.The newly appointed board of IL&FS, headed by Uday Kotak, put the renewable energy assets on the block on November 29 as part of a plan to raise funds and repay lenders. IL&FS owes about Rs 91,000 crore to local lenders and mutual funds. IL&FS has operational wind power assets of 875 MW and 104 MW of wind farms under construction. The group’s solar plants are under construction and will be able to generate about 300 MW.
The energy assets are in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. The renewables business is 49 per cent owned by Japan’s Orix Group, which has the right of first refusal and has also put its stake on the block. Orix owns aquarter of parent IL&FS Ltd. Even though the wind and solar assets of IL&FS are in key locations and the power purchase agreements with state electricity providers are in place, the debt pile remains a concern and hence the equity value has been wiped out,” said another person with knowledge of the development. Sequential rating downgrades of the firm led to erosion in the equity value of its assets. The assets will be sold on an individual basis, depending on location, capacity generation and long-term viability.
News Source: ET Energy
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