Adani Power’s consolidated net profit jumped multifold to ₹4,645.47 crore in the March quarter from ₹13.13 crore in the year-ago period, mainly on the back of higher revenues.
Total income of the company surged 93% to ₹13,308 crore in the March quarter, from ₹6,902 crore in the same period a year earlier, a company statement said on Thursday.
“Revenue for Q4 FY 2021-22 includes prior-period revenue from operations of ₹2,946 crore, and prior-period other income of Rs 1,982 crore,” the statement said₹.
The EBITDA for Q4 FY 2021-22 witnessed multi-fold increase to ₹7,942 crore, as compared to₹2,143 crore in Q4 FY 2020-21.
“EBITDA growth was aided by prior-period income recognition, greater shortfall claims due to high import coal prices, and higher merchant and short-term tariffs and volumes, as compared to Q4 FY 2020-21,” the statement added.
The consolidated net profit for 2021-22 climbed to ₹4,911.58 crore, from ₹1,269.98 crore in 2020-21.
Last fiscal, the company’s total income increased to ₹31,686.47 crore, from ₹28,149.68 crore in the same period a year ago.
The company said that electricity demand continues to grow strongly in India, driven both by economic growth and heatwave in the north-western parts of the country.
Moreover, the recent geopolitical events in Europe have resulted in a sharp increase in global fuel prices, including coal, petroleum, and natural gas.
Aggregate energy demand for 2021-22 across the nation was 1,380 Billion Units (BU), registering a growth of 8.2% over the energy demand for FY 2020-21. Similarly, peak power demand registered a growth of 6.7% to reach a record level of 203 GW in 2021-22 as compared to FY 2020-21.
Peak power deficit widened to 1.2% during 2021-22, as compared to 0.4% during 2020-21, while energy deficit was steady at 0.4%.
This has in turn affected the ability of a number of thermal power plants in India to generate power at viable costs, restricting their output.
As a result of supply constraints in face of a growing demand for power, average market clearing (selling) price of electricity on exchanges rose to ₹8.23/kWh in the Day Ahead Market in March 2022.
Gautam Adani, Chairman of Adani Group said that availability of reliable power supply to various sectors across the nation is critical to economic growth.
“The Adani Group stands committed to fulfilling India’s energy needs in a sustainable, reliable, and affordable manner. Our diversified presence across the energy value chain helps us ensure that this vital input is always available to power the economy, even during times of global volatility, and helps advance the vision of progress and prosperity for all,” he said.
Anil Sardana, Managing Director of Adani Power, said that in the coming years, “we will focus on utilising our fleet to the highest extent while guiding our acquisitions and greenfield assets to become value accretive investments”.
“Recent developments on the regulatory front have also dispelled… long-standing uncertainty, which will contribute significantly to enhancing our liquidity position,” he added.
The company completed the acquisition of Essar Power M P Limited (EPMPL), a company undergoing insolvency resolution under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, on March 16, 2022. The name of EPMPL was subsequently changed to Mahan Energen Ltd. (MEL).
The installed thermal power generation capacity of the APL has increased to 13,610 MW after the acquisition of MEL.
During Q4 2021-22 (March quarter), APL, along with the power plants of its subsidiaries achieved an Average Plant Load Factor [PLF or capacity utilisation] of 52.1%, and aggregate sales volumes of 13.1 Billion Units [BU].
In comparison, during Q4 FY 2020-21, APL and its subsidiaries achieved an average PLF of 59.6% and sales volume of 14.8 BU.
Operating performance during the quarter (under review) was affected due to high import coal prices and plant overhaul, partially offset by improved volumes due to high demand for power, it stated.
During the financial year ended March 31, 2022, APL along with power plants of its subsidiaries achieved an Average PLF of 51.5% and aggregate sales volumes of 52.1 BU.
In comparison, APL and its subsidiaries had achieved a PLF of 58.9% and sales volume of 59.3 BU in the financial year ended March 31, 2021, it stated.