Tata Power completes sale of 50% stake in South African JV Cennergi

Tata Power Company has completed the sale of its 50% stake in Cennergi, a South African joint venture with Exxaro Resources, to the latter South African Rands 1,550 million (Rs 660 crore), the company announced late Wednesday.

The Tata group’s power utility has announced in September that it will exit its investment in Cennergi by selling its stake to the joint venture partner. The sale is a part of the company’s plan to reduce the leverage on its balance sheet by divesting non-core and sub-optimal size international assets.

“The proceeds from such a sale would be re-invested in emerging areas where there is a huge growth opportunity. The company will focus on renewable power, power distribution and service-led businesses in India which will bring in greater value and help us align with the emerging consumer needs,” Praveer Sinha, chief executive officer and managing director of Tata Power, was quoted as saying in a statement.

The company said that the sale was done for ZAR 1,550 million and normal working capital and other adjustments. Cennergi owns two wind farms — Amakhala Emoyeni (134.4 mw 95% shareholding) and Tsitsikamma Community Wind Farm (95.3 mw with 75% shareholding) — in South Africa. Both projects have 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the state power utility Eskom.

In an interview to ET, reported on March 20, Sinha had said that the company’s divestment plans are going on well and the Cennergi deal was likely to be closed by end-March. He had also said that the company was in advanced talks for divestment of some other assets, which could be announced in the first two quarters of 2020-21 despite the disruption caused by Covid-19 pandemic.

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ABSA Bank was the sole advisor to Khopoli for the transaction.

Tata Power and its subsidiaries and jointly controlled entities, have an installed capacity of 10,763 mw. Of this, solar and wind energy account for 30% of the portfolio. The company, through its subsidiary, Khopoli Investments, formed a joint venture with Exxaro in 2013, with an aim to develop power projects in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.


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