ICRA upgrades Tata Power to AA+ with Stable outlook

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The Tata Power Co. Ltd said today ratings agency ICRA has upgraded the long-term rating on its bank and debt facilities from ‘AA/Positive’ to ‘AA+/Stable’.

The upgrade factors in Tata Power’s improved operating and financial performance across the power generation and distribution business over the past two fiscals. The growth in electricity demand and improved operating efficiencies, mainly in the Odisha distribution business, led to growth in the revenues and profitability of the distribution business.

The growth in the renewable business was driven by the addition of new capacity and a stable generation performance. The engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) business in the solar power segment witnessed healthy growth in FY2024, led by a strong order book position and moderation in solar PV module prices. Further, ICRA expects the commissioning of the 4.3 GW cell and module manufacturing facility to support the growth, going forward.

Tata Power’s installed RE capacity increased to 4.5 GW as of June 2024 from 4.0 GW as of June 2023. This is expected to scale up over the next three years, with an under-development capacity of 4.9 GW. The Group’s entire renewable business, including the manufacturing, EPC and O&M services, have been brought under Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd, wherein Green Forest New Energies Bidco Ltd, UK (a vehicle of Blackrock Real Assets and Mubadala Investment Co,) has invested INR 4,000 crore ($478.95 million) for an 11.43% stake.

The rating continues to favourably factor in the financial flexibility of Tata Power from being a part of the Tata Group, along with its large scale of operations and a diversified business profile with presence across the power sector value chain.

ICRA stated that the long-term power purchase agreements for majority of the thermal, hydro and renewable assets aggregating to 14.7 GW (including the Resurgent platform) and the regulated returns from the distribution business in Mumbai, Delhi and Odisha provide stability to Tata Power’s revenues and cash flows. Further, the company’s thermal generation assets have long-term fuel supply agreements with the subsidiaries of Coal India Ltd and coal mining companies in Indonesia.

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