JSW Steel plans to take a call on increasing its capacity by 10 mtpa to 42 mtpa in April as the company expects demand to start looking up in the coming months, given the government’s thrust on infrastructure projects.
The company will firm up plans for the next round of capacity expansion by 10 mtpa in April as most of the current planned capital expenditure are nearing completion soon, Seshagiri Rao, Joint MD, told businessline. The next round of expansion will mostly be brownfield at the recently acquired assets except for the greenfield integrated steel plant at Odisha, he added.
The greenfield project in Odisha will be developed in a modular manner with diligent allocation of capital over a period of time, said Rao. In general, a greenfield steel project of 1 million tonne per annum calls for an investment of about ₹6,000 crore while brownfield expansion of same capacity requires ₹5,000 crore, said sources.
JSW Steel has acquired four stressed assets — Monnet Ispat, Vardhaman Industries, Asian Colour Coated and Bhushan Power and Steel — through corporate insolvency resolution process in the last five years. However, two years after acquiring Bhushan Power and Steel for ₹19,350 crore, it is yet to get the company on a clean slate.
After getting approval of NCLT for its resolution plan, JSW Steel moved NCLAT seeking immunity from the ongoing investigation against the promoter of BPSL, Sanjay Singal. NCLAT provided the immunity and approved the resolution plan. However, the Enforcement Directorate moved the Supreme Court challenging NCLAT’s authority to provide immunity in a case against BPSL promoter under Prevention of Money Laundering Act. However, the Supreme Court, in a different case, upheld NCLAT’s authority to provide immunity to acquirer of assets in insolvency cases. Following this, JSW Steel closed the BPSL deal on condition that they have to return the money if the apex court rules against the deal. A verdict is yet to be pronounced.
Asked about the sharp rise in debt level, Rao said it is not at all a concern and that it is well under control with higher revenue expected from the current enhanced capacity. Moreover, of the overall debt (of ₹69,000 crore), about ₹3,500 crore is due to currency revaluation which will get normalised in coming quarters, he added.