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State-run IREDA plans FPO in FY25 as loan demand for renewable projects rises

Currently, IREDA’s net worth is around ₹8,600 crore and its loan book stands at around ₹59,698 crore. In FY24, the company disbursed around ₹25,089 crore, higher from ₹21,639 crore in FY23.

Ireda launched its initial public offering (IPO) in December last year, after two failed attempts in 2017 and 2019.Premium
Ireda launched its initial public offering (IPO) in December last year, after two failed attempts in 2017 and 2019.

New Delhi: Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) is planning to launch a follow-on public offering (FPO) amid rising financing opportunities in the energy transition space and to bolster the company's growth.

In a press interaction on Tuesday, IREDA chairman and managing director (CMD) Pradip Kumar Das said that with plans to expand its loan book, the company will look at raising funds this fiscal year and would consider a follow-on public offering and perpetual debt instruments.

“We feel we would require more equity capital...The project size in green energy is getting bigger, and we intend to support the sector’s growth. For this, we believe an FPO is the route to raise more equity capital," he said, adding that the FPO would require the approval of the Union cabinet.

Das also said that the company would look at launching the FPO during October-November or in February. In case the the green energy-focussed NBFC is unable to launch the FPO this fiscal year then it would launch it in the first half of FY26.

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Currently, IREDA’s net worth is around 8,600 crore and its loan book stands at around 59,698 crore. In FY24, the company disbursed around 25,089 crore, higher from 21,639 crore in FY23.

The CMD said that in FY25, the loan disbursement would be over 30,000 crore. For this loan disbursement plan for the current fiscal, more resources would be required, he said.

IREDA launched its initial public offering (IPO) in December last year, after two failed attempts in 2017 and 2019.

In April, its board of directors had approved a borrowing plan of 24,200 crore during FY25 through bonds, perpetual debt instruments, term loans, commercial papers and external commercial borrowings.

Das also said that IREDA has requested the Centre to include it in the list for the capital gains exemption bond under Section 54EC of the Income Tax Act, 1961 as in the case of other power sector focused state-run companies -- PFC and REC. The Union ministry of new and renewable energy would also recommend its inclusion in the list, he added.

The move would provide capital gains tax exemption under Section 54EC of the Income Tax Act to investors. REC, National Highway Authority of India, Power Finance Corporation, and Indian Railway Finance Corporation can issue bonds under this mechanism.

Recently, the company set up a wholly-owned subsidiary IREDA Global Green Energy Finance IFSC Ltd, at the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC), GIFT City, Gujarat. Last month it also got the Navratna status.

On Tuesday, shares of IREDA on the BSE settled at 183.55 apiece, 4.14% higher from the previous close.

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Published: 21 May 2024, 08:34 PM IST
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