Adani Energy Solutions continues robust growth

Adani Energy

30th January 2024 Adani Energy Solutions Limited (“AESL”), part of the globally diversified Adani portfolio and the largest private transmission and distribution company in India with a growing smart metering portfolio, today announced its financial and operational performance for the quarter ended December 31, 2023.

“Our growing portfolio with newly commissioned lines, coupled with favorable energy demand, continues to drive our growth. We are proud of our contribution to developing national transmission infrastructure, which is very critical to facilitate renewable evacuation, especially from the Khavda region. With humility, we welcomed the prestigious Global recognition in the form of Sustainability Leadership Award 2023 from the World Sustainability Congress, demonstrating our outstanding leadership, commitment to reduce environmental impact, and dedication to promote sustainable practices,” said Anil Sardana, MD, Adani Energy Solutions.

“We are very excited about opportunities in all lines of business in AESL. The smart metering segment is consistently growing besides our existing T and D established industry position. To offer smart and tech enabled smart metering solutions, our partnership with Airtel, Esyasoft, AdaniConnex will be very fruitful and will immensely augment our offering,” said Kandarp Patel, CEO, Adani Energy Solutions.

Q3 FY24 Highlights:

Consolidated Financial Performance                                                                                      (Rs crore)

Particulars Q3 FY24 Q3 FY23 YoY % 9M FY24 9M FY23 YoY%
Revenue 3,615 3,037 19.0% 10,657 9,117 16.9%
Total EBITDA 1,732 1,708 1.4% 4,553 4,395 3.6%
Operating EBITDA 1,454 1,318 10.4% 4,077 3,772 8.1%
Net Profit 348^ 478# -27.2% 815^ 841# -3.1%
Comparable PAT (ex one-time) 281 280 0.6% 812 642 26.3%
Cash Profit (ex one-time) 786 757 3.9% 2,257 2,235 1.0%

(Note: Total EBITDA = Operating EBITDA plus other income, one-time regulatory income, adjusted for CSR exp.; Cash profit calculated as PAT + Depreciation + Deferred Tax + MTM option loss;) #Includes one-time regulatory income of Rs 240 crores (Rs 198 crores net-off tax); ^Includes a miscellaneous income of Rs 136 crore on account of the $ 120 million bond buy-back

Revenue:  Revenues witnessed a double-digit growth of 19% on account of the newly commissioned transmission projects and higher energy consumption in the distribution business.

  • Key transmission projects that made progress and were commissioned in Q3:

ü  The 765 KV KBTL (Khavda Bhuj line), with 217 circuit kilometers got charged during the quarter. This line, once fully commissioned, will help evacuate about 3 GW of renewable energy from Khavda, Gujarat. The project will help shape one of the country’s largest solar and wind farms.

ü   Commissioned 400 KV Kharghar-Vikhroli double circuit transmission line, establishing the first-ever high voltage 400 KV connection in Mumbai. This will enable an additional 1,000 MW power to be brought into Mumbai, thus meeting the city’s fast growing electricity demand.

  • Robust system availability of 99.7% in the transmission business.
  • AEML, the Mumbai distribution business witnessed an increase in the energy consumed by 14.8%. It saw one of the lowest distribution losses of 5.46% and added new consumers, reaching 3.16 million on the back of reliable and affordable power supply.

EBITDA:

  • The operational EBITDA increased by 10.4% to Rs 1,454 crore for the quarter, with incremental revenue contribution from Warora-Kurnool, Karur, Kharghar-Vikhroli and MP-II lines and continuous EBITDA growth with expansion in the asset base in AEML. The transmission business continues to maintain the industry leading EBITDA margin of 92%.
  • The total EBITDA of Rs 1,732 crore includes a miscellaneous income of Rs 136 crore on account of the $ 120 million bond buy-back at a discount in the Mumbai distribution business.

PAT: Comparable PAT of Rs 281 crore was 1% higher, supported by miscellaneous income of Rs 136 crore and lower finance cost in AEML. The comparable PAT in Distribution increased by 100%

Segment-wise Financial Highlights                                                                                                                      (Rs crore)

Segment Particulars Q3 FY24 Q3 FY23 YoY % 9M FY24 9M FY23 YoY%
Transmission Op Revenue 1,056 933 13.2% 2,881 2,637 9.2%
Op EBITDA 967 859 12.6% 2,628 2,412 9.0%
Comparable PAT 246 262 -6.0% 732 735 -0.5%
Distribution Op Revenue 2,559 2,104 21.6% 7,777 6,480 20.0%
Op EBITDA 487 459 6.1% 1,448 1,360 6.5%
Comparable PAT 35 18 99.9% 80 -93 186.4%

Segment-wise Key Operational Highlights:

Particulars Q3 FY24 Q3 FY23 Change
Transmission business      
Average Availability (%) 99.7% 99.7% In line
Transmission Network Added (ckm) 302 371 In line
Total Transmission Network (ckm) 20,422 18,795 Higher
Distribution business (AEML)      
Supply reliability (%) 99.99% 99.99% In line
Distribution loss (%) 5.46% 5.60% Lower
Units sold (MU’s) 2,489 2,169 Higher

 

Transmission:

  • On operational parameters, it was a strong quarter with an average system availability of over 99.7%.
  • The business added 302 circuit kilometers during the quarter and ended with a transmission network of 20,422 circuit kilometers.

 

Distribution business (AEML):

  • Sold 2,489 million units vs. 2,169 million units last year on account of an uptick in energy demand primarily driven by higher industrial share.
  • Distribution loss has been improving consistently and stands at 5.46% in Q3FY24 and maintained supply reliability at over 99.9%.

Segment-wise Progress and Outlook:

Transmission:

  • Robust under-construction transmission pipeline worth Rs. 17,000 crores is well on track from the execution point of view.
  • The company is on track to commission the MP-II package (partial), the Khavda-Bhuj (partial), and the WRSR lines in the coming quarters.
  • The near term (12-24 months), tendering pipeline for the industry is buoyant and upwards of Rs. 1.10 lakh crore under various stages of bidding.

 

Distribution:

  • The distribution business continues to show a steady performance with double digit growth and consistently increasing RAB (regulatory asset base), supported by internal accruals. Total RAB for the distribution business has now reached Rs. 7,823 crores from Rs. 5,532 crores at the time of acquisition in 2018.
  • AESL is exploring several areas and have applied for parallel distribution license in several geographies like Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra, Greater Noida (Gautam Buddha Nagar) in UP, and Mundra subdistrict in Gujarat.
  • AEML, on a YTD basis, did capital expenditure of over Rs. 800 crores and reduced its long-term debt by Rs 855 crores through a bond buyback program.

Smart Meters:

  • The new business segment is evolving well and will become sizeable in terms of contribution to AESL’s overall growth and profitability. It offers strong synergies to the distribution business.
  • During the quarter, AESL received LOA (letter of award) for Phase-2 smart metering contracts from Andhra Pradesh discoms and a new contract from the Uttarakhand discom. Total contracts awarded in Q3 aggregate to 2 million smart meters with a contract value of ~Rs. 2,300 crores.
  • The under-implementation pipeline now stands at 21.1 million smart meters, comprising nine projects with a contract value of over Rs. 25,000 crores.
  • The untapped market comprises 135 million smart meters, as the government’s official target is 250 million by 2026.

ESG Updates:

  • Adani Electricity Mumbai successfully increased its renewable energy share in the overall electricity mix to an impressive 35%. AESL being the largest distributor in Mumbai, this achievement now positions the city as one of the world’s highest procurers of renewable power (solar and wind) in the total mix, surpassing major global megacities. The share was only 3% in FY21. This noteworthy accomplishment underscores Adani Electricity Mumbai’s commitment to sustainability and decarbonization of the grid. AESL remains committed to its target of 60% renewable share by FY27.
  • AESL won the Global Sustainability Leadership Award 2023 from the World Sustainability Congress for outstanding leadership, commitment to reducing environmental impact, and dedication to promoting sustainable practices.
  • AESL won the prestigious Golden Peacock Award in Environment Management (GPEMA). This underscores the company’s commitment to sustainable practices.

Achievements and Awards:

  • AEML received the Confederation of Indian Industry 2023 DX Award in the Best Practices category as the Most Innovative Company for its unwavering commitment to innovation and excellence.
  • Received “Excellence in Procurement Innovation” and “Outstanding Leader in Procurement” award at the 8th ISM-India Conference & CPO Awards 2023.
  • Awarded “Excellence in Road Safety” and “Excellence in Innovation in Safety Technology” at the OSH India Awards.
  • “Platinum Award” for Occupational Health and Safety under the 8th Apex India Occupational Health and Safety Award 2023 by Apex India Foundation.
  • Adani Electricity Mumbai made history on November 12, 2023, during the festival of Diwali by powering the city of Mumbai with 100 percent renewable electricity for four hours.

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