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NTPC seeks shareholder approval to raise ₹15,000 crore via bonds

By FnC Correspondents | PUBLISHED: 22, Aug 2017, 17:53 pm IST | UPDATED: 22, Aug 2017, 17:53 pm IST

NTPC seeks shareholder approval to raise ₹15,000 crore via bonds

New Delhi: State-owned power giant National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) has sought shareholders’ approval to raise ₹15,000 crore via non-convertible bonds on private placement basis domestically for capex, working capital and other corporate purposes.

The special resolution is listed on the agenda of the annual general meeting scheduled for September 20, NTPC said in a BSE filing today. According to the statement, the company intends to raise ₹15,000 crore through non-convertible debentures (bonds) up to ₹15,000 crore in one or more tranches or series not exceeding 30, through private placement, in the domestic market for capital expenditure, working capital and other general requirements.

Besides, the shareholders would consider a proposal to confirm payment of interim dividend and declare final dividend for 2016-17. The company has already paid an interim dividend of ₹ 2.61 per share and has recommended a final one of ₹2.17 for 2016-17, which is 143% of the amount paid last year.

The holding of the government in the power generator stands at 69.74%. Also on the agenda is a proposal to amend the Articles of Association with a view to inserting a provision for consolidation and reissuance of debt securities.

Looking beyond its conventional power generation business, the company is eyeing diversification in allied sectors such as setting up electric vehicle charging infrastructure, ancillary services and energy storage.

NTPC commissioned 3,845MW and added 2,190MW to its commercial capacity during 2016-17. The installed capacity of the group is 51,671MW as on July 31, which has over 28,000MW of capacity under construction.

NTPC achieved huge cost efficiency in 2016-17 through swapping and rationalisation of coal, appointment of an agency for third party coal sampling and reducing imported coal consumption by 85% as against the previous year.

These measures saw per unit cost come down by nearly 40 paise in 2016-17 compared to 2014-15, leading to savings of more than ₹8,000 crore to the state.

The company said the government has recently approved the SHAKTI policy that will further increase transparency in coal allocation and improve cost efficiency.

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