IndiGrid [BSE: 540565 | NSE: INDIGRID], announced its results for the quarter ended December 31, 2022. The consolidated revenue and the consolidated EBITDA for the quarter was up 4% YoY in Q3 FY23 to INR5,908 million and INR5,360 million respectively. The net distributable cash flow saw a 14% increase YoY to INR2,944 million. During the quarter, IndiGrid successfully completed its acquisition of an inter-state transmission asset, RSTPCL for an enterprise value of ~INR2,500 million. Including this acquisition, IndiGrid’s AUM at the end of the quarter remains steady at ~ INR212 billion (~US$ 2.6 billion). The consolidated net debt / AUM stood at 58% as of December 31, 2022, leaving significant debt headroom for future growth.
The Board of the Investment Manager also approved a Distribution Per Unit (DPU) of ~INR3.30 for Q3 FY23 to unitholders in line with the distribution guidance of INR13.20 per unit for FY23. The record date for the distribution is January 31, 2023 and shall be paid as ~INR2.80 per unit in the form of interest and ~INR0.50 per unit as capital repayment. With this, IndiGrid has distributed ~INR68.41 per unit to its investors over the last 5 and a half years since its listing, a total return1 (DPU + price change) of ~105% on the issue price.
In January 2023, IndiGrid signed a binding Share Purchase Agreement for acquiring 100% equity interest in Khargone Transmission Limited (KTL) from Sterlite Power for an enterprise value of ~INR14,975 million, subject to closing working capital and other customary adjustments and unitholders’ approval. Acquisition is expected to consummate in Q4 FY23. KTL consists of 6 elements across 626 ckms of transmission network and a 765/400 kV AIS substation. This acquisition would boost IndiGrid’s portfolio AUM to ~INR227 Bn (USD 2.8 Bn) and is expected to add ~INR850 million yearly to IndiGrid’s net distributable cash flow.
Upon acquisition, the platform’s asset portfolio would consist of 17 power transmission projects with a total network of 46 power transmission lines and 13 substations extending over ~8,420 circuit kilometers & 17,550 MVA capacity, along with and 100 MW (AC) of solar generation capacity.
During the quarter under review, IndiGrid also entered into a framework agreement with G R Infraprojects Limited (GRIL) for acquisition of Rajgarh Transmission Limited (RTL) upon its commissioning. Additionally, IndiGrid also inked a MoU with GRIL to jointly bid for transmission projects worth INR50,000 million.
Commenting on the financial results, Harsh Shah, Chief Executive Officer, said, “I am pleased to report that we have reported another quarter of strong financial performance with steady YoY growth. Our robust operations and steady acquisitions have allowed us to maintain the growth momentum and keep us on track to meet the FY23 distribution guidance of INR13.20 per unit.
We are delighted to announce deal signing of IndiGrid’s 15th transmission asset, Khargone Transmission Limited, last of the framework assets with Sterlite. These acquisitions (KTL, RSTCPL) and the GR partnership are in line with IndiGrid’s growth plan and strategy to focus on operating assets with long term cash flows and minimal counter party risk.”
Financial Highlights – Consolidated Results (in INR million):
|INR Mn||Q3 FY23||Q3 FY22||% change|
|DPU(INR per unit)||3.30||~3.192||4%|