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British PE firm Actis close to buying solar assets of India's Shapoorji Pallonji - sources


By and Sudarshan Varadhan

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - British private equity firm is close to signing a deal to buy the solar power portfolio of Indian conglomerate Shapoorji Pallonji, three people aware of the development said on Tuesday.

The acquisition of Shapoorji's 400 megawatt (MW) solar power portfolio will be done via a renewable platform owned by named "Energy" at an equity valuation of around 11 billion rupees ($168 million), one of the people said, asking not to be named as final negotiations are ongoing.

"The due diligence is almost over and the equity value has been reached," the person said, adding an announcement could come soon.

A Shapoorji confirmed the company was "in advanced talks with key investors" regarding the solar assets. "As these discussions are confidential in nature, we would not like to comment on the same," the said.

Sanjiv Aggarwal, a partner at the firm, declined to comment directly on the deal but said would "continue to grow through bids and M&A". The firm's long-term aim was to exit once it reaches capacity of 1,750 MW, he said.

said in an emailed statement it has around $8.5 billion in assets under management.

Gaurav Sood, of Sprng, also declined to comment on the deal.

Shapoorji's portfolio currently comprises of seven operational projects with a total capacity of 272 MW and an additional 130 MW under development.

A deal would come hard on the heels of Actis' sale earlier this month of its first platform, Ostro Energy, to Goldman Sachs-backed Ventures at $1.5 billion.

India's aims to have 175 gigawatts (GW) of renewable capacity by 2022, up from 62 GW currently, out of which 100 GW is expected to come from solar.

($1 = 65.5700 Indian rupees)

(Reporting by in MUMBAI and in NEW DELHI; Editing by and Kenneth Maxwell)

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 14:07 IST