India’s Tata Power to Buy $1.4BN Renewables Portfolio

Tata Power Company Ltd. agreed to buy a 1.1-GW solar and wind portfolio from Welspun Renewable Energy Pvt in India’s biggest clean energy deal, according to an exchange filing.

The transaction values Welspun’s assets at 77 million rupees per MW, Tata Power’s Chief Executive Officer Anil Sardana said in Mumbai on Monday. The acquisition’s enterprise value is 92.49 billion rupees ($1.4 billion), of which the debt component is $820 million, he said.

The acquisition “will give us better returns and lesser risk,” Sardana said in a broadcast briefing. “It’s strategic and tactical for Tata Power.”

Welspun’s renewable assets will boost capacity of Tata Power’s renewable energy unit to about 2.3 GW, according to the filing. In addition to the 294 MW of wind and solar already under management, Tata Power is transferring another 500 MW of renewable projects onto the books of Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd. Another 400 MW of solar and wind projects are being implemented.

Barclays Plc advised Welspun and JM Financial Institutional Securities advised Tata, according to the statements. The deal is expected to be closed in September.

“The acquisition is also a significant step towards attaining the company’s objective of having non-fossil fuel based capacity up to 30-40 percent of its total generating capacity,” Sardana said.

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