Tata Power Company

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Consolidated net down by 43% dragged by higher forex loss & inflated base

Tata Power Company, India's largest private power company, has registered 7% growth in consolidated revenue for the quarter ended June 2010, but its net profit (after minority interest) was down by 43% to Rs 317.67 crore. Fall in bottom-line is largely on account of higher base as well as higher forex loss for the quarter. Profit for the previous year stood at Rs 552.76 crore which included Rs 232.40 crore due to MERC tariff orders and judgment of ATE received. Profit for Q1FY11 is after considering Rs 154 crore of forex loss on account of realignment of CGPL borrowings.

On the other hand the standalone revenue was down by 7% (to Rs 1867.90 crore) on a higher base and the net profit was lower by 29% (to Rs 268.98 crore). For the previous period (i.e. quarter ended June 2009), the revenue & profits were inflated by an amount of Rs 232.40 crore received on account of MERC tariff orders and judgment of ATE received.

Operational Highlights

Company's operations during the quarter continued to be strong. Sales volume for the quarter increased by 8% at 4533 MUs as against 4180 MUs in the corresponding period last year. Overall Generation was up by 3% at 4386 MUs as compared to 4260 MUs in the same period last year.

Trombay Thermal Power Station and Hydro Power Stations generated 2799 MUs and 358 MUs of power respectively as compared to 2779 MUs and 369 MUs in the corresponding period previous year. The Jojobera Thermal Power Station recorded a generation of 850 MUs during the quarter as compared to 803 MUs in the previous year. Belgaum and Haldia reported generation of 94 MUs and 180 MUs as compared to 107 MUs and 116 MUs in the corresponding period last year. PH#6 Jamshedpur recorded a generation of 143 MUs. Wind Farms also recorded a higher generation of 105 MUs as compared to 87 MUs in the same period last year.

Standalone performance

Revenue from power supply and distribution for the quarter was higher by 11% to Rs 1872.53 crore. However with income to be utilized in future tariff determination being Rs 70.18 crore as against a recoverable of Rs 50 crore in the corresponding previous period the income for the period stood lower to that extent. Moreover the revenue pertaining to prior year was nil for the quarter compared to Rs 232.4 crore in the corresponding previous period. The Rs 232.4 crore is on account of MERC tariff orders and judgment of ATE received. This has dragged the net revenue for the period down by 9% to Rs 1802.35 crore. After accounting for other operating income the total operating revenue for the period stood at Rs 1867.90 crore, a fall of 7%.

Apart from prior period revenue, the decrease in net revenue was mainly due to lower fuel cost in the Mumbai regulated business. Further, the Company also reduced the fuel cost by replacing oil with cheaper RLNG gas, thereby reducing the tariff for the end consumers. However, the cost of power purchase has gone up as the company was prevented from scheduling power generated by it to its distribution business in Mumbai.

Operating margin was lower at 24.1% compared to 31.4% in the corresponding previous period. With sharp contraction in operating margin the operating profit was lower by 29% to Rs 450.89 crore.

Other income was higher by 51% to Rs 125.65 crore due to increased earnings out of the FCCBs funds and interest on tax refund. Interest cost was lower by 32% to Rs 79.58 crore due to repayment of short term borrowings and refund of interest paid on tax pertaining to previous years. The depreciation was higher by 13% to Rs 126.70 crore. Thus the de-growth in PBT before (forex gain/loss) moderated to 24% to Rs 370.26 crore.

Forex gain for the quarter was Rs 1.89 crore compared to Rs 24.34 crore in the corresponding previous period. On an escalated base the PBT after EO was lower by 27% to Rs 372.15 crore. Taxation was lower by 23% to Rs 103.17 crore. And thus the PAT was lower by 29% to Rs 268.98 crore.

PAT after Statutory Appropriations stood at Rs 262.98 crore.

Consolidated quarterly performance

Consolidated revenues for the quarter were up by 9% to Rs 4932.35 crore. Adding income to be recovered based on future tariff of Rs 219.27 crore (up 138% from 92.07 crore) and prior period revenue of 0.0 crore for the quarter compared to Rs 232.4 crore on account MERC tariff orders and judgment of ATE received the net revenue for the quarter was up 6% to Rs 5151.62 crore. Further adding other operating income which was up 190% to Rs 33.22 crore the total revenue for the quarter was higher by 7% at Rs 5184.84 crore.

Operating profit margin was lower by 290 bps to 22% and thus the operating profit was lower by 6% to Rs 1138.87 crore. The other income was higher by 168% to Rs 61 crore. The interest was lower by 16% to Rs 171.84 crore and the depreciation was higher by 17% to Rs 235.0 crore. Thus the PBT before Forex gain was lower by 4% to Rs 793.03 crore.

Total forex loss for the quarter was Rs 150.41 crore compared to a gain of Rs 45.98 crore. The forex loss is mainly due the Rs.154 crore of forex loss reported on account of realignment of Coastal Gujarat Power (CGPL) borrowings. Thus the PBT after forex gain/loss was down by 26% to Rs 642.62 crore. After accounting for taxation (up 1% to Rs 288.33 crore) the PAT was down by 39% to Rs 354.29 crore. The Prior period tax was Rs 68 lakh compared to a write back of Rs 11 lakh. Thus the PAT after PPT was down by 39% to Rs 353.61 crore.

Share from profit/loss from associate was Rs 4.35 crore compared to loss of Rs 48 lakh. The minority interest was up 33% to Rs 40.29 crore. Thus the Net profit (after MI) was down by 43% to Rs 317.67 crore.

On consolidated Segment-wise, the segment Revenue of power business was up by 5% (to Rs 3504.81 crore) and that of coal business was up by 19% (to Rs 1539.06 crore). However the PBIT of Power business was lower by 22% (to Rs 517.32 crore) due to MERC/ATE orders explained above. Whereas, PBIT of Coal Business stood higher by 14% to Rs 423.97 crore on the back of higher production and increase in coal prices.

JVs/subsidiaries Performance

North Delhi Power (NDPL):

NDPL, the company's distribution subsidiary and Joint-Venture with Delhi Govt., has posted revenues of Rs1115.66 Crore during the quarter, a growth of 45 % as compared to the previous year of Rs. 771.14 Crore. The net profit stood at Rs. 56.71 Crore as compared to Rs. 41.40 Crore in the corresponding period last year. While NDPL reported an increased PAT, its cash accruals since 1st April 2009 are under pressure due to a substantial increase in power purchase cost which is yet to be recovered through appropriate adjustment in tariff. This has

Resulted in a significant increase in working capital of about Rs. 640 Crore (including Rs. 290 Crore this quarter) since 1st April 2009 .which has been financed through additional borrowings.

Powerlinks Transmission (Powerlinks):

Powerlinks, the first public-private joint venture in power transmission in India has earned Revenues of Rs. 71.52 Crore as against Rs. 71.54 Crore in the previous year. The PAT also increased to Rs. 25.96 Crore from Rs. 18.62 Crore in the same period last year.

Tata Power Trading Company (TPTCL):

TPTCL traded at total of 1347 MUs during the quarter as compared to 960 MUs in the previous year, thereby resulting in an increase in its Revenues by 7% to Rs. 716.35 Crore from Rs. 671.07 Crore in the previous year. The PAT also increased to Rs. 6.45 Crore as against Rs. 1.79 Crore in the same period last year.

Added 18300 retail consumers in the Mumbai License Area in Q1FY11

During the quarter, the Company added 18300 new customers out of which 17760 changeover customers taking its total customer base to 76800 with in 8 months. The Company had 26,005 direct consumers before it started expansion of its retail business in the Mumbai market.

Raises US$ 300 million in Coal SPVs to fund additional acquisitions and/or reduce outstanding debt

During the quarter, Tata Power signed an agreement to raise US$ 300 Million in Bhira Investments and Bhivpuri Investments Coal Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) through shares with differential rights to be issued to Olympus Capital Holdings Asia (Olympus Capital). Taking current position of debt and cash in coal SPVs, the post money shareholding of Olympus Capital may be in the range of 14-15% for an investment of US$300 million. These funds could also be utilized to secure further long term coal supplies by investing in coal

Mines or to reduce the outstanding debt in the SPVs.


The rating exercise with ICRA and CRISIL was undertaken for the Rs. 350 Crore 15 year 9.15% NCD that was placed in the market to prepay a loan for Company's wind projects. The issue was fully subscribed and the money has been drawn down to prepay the outstanding loan. The NCD is amongst the finer priced issues done. The rating also allows the flexibility to raise an additional up to Rs250 crore of such NCD.

Project Update

The Company's growth plans include steady capacity addition year-on-year, taking its current installed capacity to 2975 MW. Some of the projects commissioned in FY09 and FY10 include 120 MW in Haldia, 120 MW Power House# 6 owned by IEL,182 MW from wind farms in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karntaka and 250 MW Trombay expansion project. The progress on Company's upcoming projects is as follows:

Mundra Project (4000 MW): Mundra UMPP is progressing as per schedule with engineering, procurement and construction activities in full swing. Overall project progress achieved is 53%. Ordering of all critical items/major packages has been completed. The first unit is expected to be commissioned by September 2011.

Maithon Project (1050 MW): <

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