23 February 2019: Indonesian coal miner Adaro, Adani Power and state-run NLC India are among a dozen companies that have expressed interest in buying IL&FS Tamil Nadu Power and related assets of the debt-laden IL&FS group, two people familiar with the matter said.
Along with the thermal plant in Cuddalore, the group is looking to sell its stake in a captive port associated with the power company. Also on the block is a Singapore-based investment vehicle, ILFS Maritime Offshore Pte Ltd,which owns a coal mining company in Indonesia.
The power plant currently has a capacity to produce 1,200-MW, which can be increased by another 2,700 MW. The captive port, Porto Novo Maritime, is used for the import and transfer of coal to the plant. Arpwood and JM Financial are advising on the bids while Alvarez & Marsal is its resolution consultant.
“ IL&FS has got 12 EoIs for the Cuddalore power plant and other assets,” said one of the people. “The expressions of interest came in and now companies will submit their financial bids.” IL&FS spokesperson Sharad Goel declined to comment.
IL&FS has put on the block several assets, ranging from roads, ports and wind power projects to raise funds and pay creditors. It has also received over a dozen expressions of interest for its renewable energy business. IL&FS has been under pressure after it began defaulting on repayments in August. Since then, the government has constituted a new board at the company, which has approached courts seeking a moratorium on loan repayment.
The company has debt of ₹91,000 crore. The bankruptcy court has asked it to use cash flows from 22 companies that are solvent to pay lenders. Interest has come for a 91.38% stake in the power company held by IL&FS Energy Development, the people said. There are also bids for the entire stakes of Porto Novo Maritime and IL&FS Maritime Offshore.