Bleeding Adani Green blames TN’s discom

Adani Green Energy Ltd, which reported a loss of 129 crore for the quarter ended December 2019, blamed Tamil Nadu’s state-owned power purchaser, Tangedco, for its owes.

Adani Green Energy operates 2,495 MW of solar and wind plants in 11 States. Jayant Parimal, CEO, Adani Green Energy, said in a conference call on Tuesday that the company had no issues with payment of dues in any State except Tamil Nadu, where the dues are pending for over eight months.

He said Tangedco owes the company 590 crore. The company had to contend with interest costs of 290 crore for the quarter, higher than 277 crore in the same quarter the previous year. In Tamil Nadu, the company runs the 648 MW Kamuthi solar power plant, which is the eighth biggest single location solar power plant in the world.

Adani Green reported an 11 per cent growth in revenue to 504 crore, of which 452 crore came from power generation. From its operations, before interest, depreciation, tax and amortisation, it earned 387 crore, but ended up with a loss of 129 crore, slightly higher than the loss of 118 crore reported in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

The company recently changed the way it calculates depreciation, from ‘written down value’ (WDV) method to ‘straight line method’, and applied it retrospectively from April 1, 2019. Consequently, it saved on depreciation—it booked 102 crore for the October-December quarter, compared with 270 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

Parimal defended the move saying that it was in line with the industry practice, and the earlier WDV method was “far too aggressive”. He said that the solar plants degraded less than expected, so the change in depreciation method was appropriate.

For the nine-month period ended December, 2019, Adani Green has reported revenues of 1,853 crore, 35 per cent up over the corresponding period of 2018. EBIDTA amounted 1,266 crore, and net loss, 123 crore.

The Hindu Businessline
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