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Sunday, August 18, 2013

RInfra eyes reverse migration; Q1 flat

This story first appeared in DNA Money edition on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

Reliance Infrastructure (Rinfra) reported a 0.7% on-year increase in first quarter (Q1, April-June) consolidated net profit at Rs 415 crore. Consolidated total operating income increased 1.2% on-year to Rs 5,452 crore. Earnings per share or EPS stood at Rs 15.8 against Rs 5.7 in Q1 of last fiscal.

Encouraged by a strong balance sheet and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.92:1, the lowest in the industry, RInfra will be looking at a mix of organic and inorganic growth opportunities, particularly in the roads sector.

Lalit Jalan, CEO, said the company has looked at 30 different road projects but no deal has been concluded due to high valuation expectations from sellers. He added that inorganic expansion will not be restricted to roads sector alone.

RInfra has 60 lakh customers, out of which 28.8 lakh are in Mumbai. During Q1, it added 17,050 new customers. In the context of the multi-year tariff petition filed in 2012 and the public hearing that followed, the company said it has got clearance from the electricity appellate tribunal concerned to issue new cross subsidy surcharge and new regulatory assets for this fiscal.

“The entire hearing process is over and we expect the new order will be out any day. Once the order is put out, there would be significant reverse migration because RInfra is much more competitive than Tatas, in terms of total cost of power,” said Jalan.

The company’s engineering, procurement and construction or EPC business has large projects in the the pipeline, including expansion of the Sasan, Chitrangi and Thialayya projects and the hydro-electric projects of Reliance Power.

On the infrastructure front, RInfra has already commissioned nine road projects and it expects  two existing projects to get revenue operational this fiscal.

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