Power Grid launches PGInvIT, could offer 18 more assets in future

PGInvIT has offered a price band of Rs 99-100 per unit for the public issue. The issue will open on April 29 and close on May 3
State-owned Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL), the largest power transmission company, launched its infrastructure investment trust (InvIT), becoming the first public sector company to do so.


PGInvIT has offered a price band of Rs 99-100 per unit for the public issue, which will open on April 29 and close on May 3. The InvIT will raise Rs 4,993.5 crore as fresh issuance and PGCIL is also providing an offer for sale (OFS) of Rs 2,742 crore of existing units. The company has offered five “initial portfolio assets” at an enterprise value of Rs 10,384 crore for the proposed PGInvIT.


The net proceeds will be used to provide loans to the initial portfolio assets for repayment or pre-payment of their debt, including any accrued interest, and for general purposes, said PGCIL.


Speaking at the launch, K Sreekant, chairman and managing director, PGCIL, said the company will offer more transmission assets to the InvIT in the future.


Power grid has 18 projects with Rs 22,500 crore investment which are under construction. According to our plans, they will be offered to InvIT in the future. The government has allowed Power Grid to monetise its other TBCB subsidiaries through the InvIT route, which are under construction or will be acquired by it in the future.”


PGCIL acquires power transmission projects through two routes — nomination, under which the Centre or state government allots projects, or through competitive bidding (TBCB) route.


Sreekant said PGCIL’s current TBCB portfolio has Rs 5,000 crore worth of operational assets and seven under construction projects at an estimated cost of Rs 12,200 crore. These include four projects that are for renewable energy linking. “These can be considered for transfer to the InvIT. We are seeing significant gro­wth in the renewable energy and intra-state transmission segment. PGCIL recently won five TBCB projects,” he said.


The Union Cabinet in September 2020 approved monetisation of PGCIL’s assets through the InvIT model.


“This approval would help PGCIL to monetise in the first lot, assets with gross block value of more than Rs 7,000 crore. These assets, which are mainly high voltage transmission lines and substations, are held by PGCIL in the form of special purpose vehicles (SPVs). The proceeds from the asset monetisation would be deployed by PGCIL in their new and under-construction projects,” it had said.

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