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Adani to invest ~1.2 trn across sectors in FY25


Adani group plans to invest more than ~1.2 trillion (about $14 billion) across its portfolio companies that range from ports to energy, airports, commoditie­s, cement and media in financial year starting April 1, as it doubles down on its $100 billion investment guidance over the next 7-10 years to grow businesses, sources said.

The projected capital expenditur­e or capex for 2024-25 (April 2024 to March 2025) is 40 per cent higher than what the portfolio is estimated to have incurred in 2023-24 (FY24). According to analysts, the portfolio is estimated to have incurred a capex of around $10 billion in FY24 that ends on March 31.

Sources said these investment­s will set the stage for exponentia­l profit growth.

The group had previously guided a $100 billion capex over the next 7-10 years. Most of this investment is going to go into group fast growing businesses — renewable, green hydrogen and airports.

As much as 70 per cent of the planned capex will go into its green portfolio — primarily renewable power, green hydrogen, green evacuation. Of the remaining 30 per cent, the majority will be spent towards airports and ports businesses, they said.

In calendar year 2023, the portfolio delivered a $9.5 billion Ebitda (up 34.4 per cent year-on-year), while its net debt has reduced by 4 per cent from March 2023 to September 2023 (balance sheet figures are only declared half yearly).

In the December quarter, Adani’s portfolio reported record Ebitda growth of 63.6 per cent, taking its 12-month Ebitda to an all-time high of $9.5 billion (~78,823 crore) in 2023.

Increasing cash flows from fast growing profits have set the stage for mega-scale investment­s, sources said.

Its net debt to Ebitda at the end of September was 2.5x, which is expected to decline by the end of FY24, sources said.

In a media statement released in February, the group said increasing cash flows from strong growth and robust credit profile has set the stage for unrivalled ‘Green Investment’. A school drop-out, group chairman Gautam Adani started out as a commoditie­s trader and rose to become Asia's richest person with an empire spanning across ports, power generation, airports, mining, renewables, gas, data centres, media and cement.

Adani Group is the world’s second largest solar power company, it is the largest airport operator with 25 per cent of passenger traffic and 40 per cent of air cargo, the largest ports and logistics company with 30 per cent of national market share, largest integrated energy player, and the country’s second largest cement manufactur­er.

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