IEPL is promoted by the Mhaiskar family of IRB Infrastructure Developers. It has been on the block since 2011. However, the sale was stuck because of the controversy surrounding the then Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari, and his relationship with IRB Infrastructure Developers and its founders, the Mhaiskar family.
IEPL finally commissioned 270-Mw capacity in May 2013. According to analysts’ estimates, this acquisition would cost the company Rs 3,500 core.
The acquisition comes at a time when Tata Power is exploring a joint venture partnership with ICICI Securities to buy out troubled power assets.
The latest acquisition will increase the company’s spread in thermal power space.
Tata Power reported a consolidated net loss of Rs 260 crore ( including share of minority interest ) in FY14, its second highest in the past 10 years.
“It is our constant endeavour to maximise stakeholder value in line with our vision,” said Anil Sardana managing director and CEO of Tata Power.
In 2007, Tata Power had bought a 30 per cent stake in PT Kaltim Prima Coal and PT Arutmin Indonesia (Arutmin) and the related trading company owned by PT Bumi Resources for Rs 4,740 crore. Tata Power has lost the motivation to continue with its investment in Indonesian coal mines as international coal prices dropped.
The company sold a five per cent stake in the Kaltim Prima Coal mines along with a 30 per cent stake in related power infrastructure companies in July for $250 million.
It can sell the remaining 25 per cent stake in the coal mines, which is valued at a little over $1 billion ( Rs 6,000 crore). This could be of help if the company decides to raise capital for acquisition.