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L&T makes Rs 17,100-cr equity commitment to infrastructure projects

M. Ramesh Chennai | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on August 21, 2012

Pylons of L&T Metro Rail Project at a fast pace of construction near Habsiguda in Hyderabad.

L&T has made an equity commitment of Rs 17,100 crore to the infrastructure projects announced by its group companies. The total value of these projects stands at Rs 84,400 crore.

A recent report of Edelweiss Securities estimated “equity commitments pending to be invested” at Rs 10,800 crore.

These investments will be made by L&T Infrastructure Development Ltd, L&T Power Development Ltd and L&T Metro. The report also said that Rs 2,000 crore of these investments would be made in the current year.

Crisil rating

Giving L&T a “stable” outlook, Crisil, in rating the various debt instruments of L&T, has lauded the company for its capabilities.

“These strong competencies across segments and sectors, along with a sound track record of completing projects as per specifications, have resulted in a very strong brand image for L&T in India and abroad,” Crisil had said in a statement issued last week.

Order book

The rating agency also noted that L&T had an order book of Rs 1,53,100 crore as at the end of last quarter.

It observed that the even division of orders between government/PSUs (32 per cent), private sector 51 per cent and L&T’s captive (17 per cent) “mitigates risks related to sector concentration’’.

L&T’s fiinancial flexibility stems from large cash and cash equivalents of Rs 1,066 crore and surplus current investments of Rs 5,860 crore as on June 30, 2012, and its demonstrated ability to raise funds at competitive rates, says Crisil.

First quarter performance

For the first quarter of the current year, L&T reported revenues of Rs 11,956 crore and a net profit of Rs 900 crore.

In this, the company was aided by more-than-doubling of “other income’’ to Rs 605 crore. Dividends from subsidiary, notably L&T Infotech (Rs 290 crore), made up most of the “other income’’.

>mramesh@thehindu.co.in

Published on August 21, 2012
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