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A green listing to break renewables’ dry spell

M Ramesh | Updated on September 25, 2019 Published on September 25, 2019

Gensol Engineering to tap the market

At last, an IPO by a company from the renewable energy industry! A clutch of green companies, such as ReNew Power and ACME, toyed with the idea of hitting the capital market, but apparently haven’t as yet found the exercise worthwhile. As a result, the bourses have not seen a new listing from the RE industry in a long time.

Gensol Engineering’s IPO is eyebrow-raising in another way too — the ask. The company, which provides design engineering, operations & maintenance and consultancy services to solar and wind power developers, is seeking to raise only ₹17-18 crore from the market.

Anmol Jaggi, Gensol Engineering’s Chairman and Managing Director, told BusinessLine that the company could have raised more funds, but preferred instead to show value to investors for a second offer in the future, maybe a QIB. The IPO will open on September 30 and close on October 4; the price band is ₹81-83.

Also read: Gensol Engineering’s Rs 17 crore IPO to hit the market on September 30

Founded by the sons of late Lt Gen PS Jaggi, Gensol has been on quite a joy ride in the last four years — its turnover increased from ₹12.12 crore in 2015-16 to ₹83.39 crore in 2018-19; net profit from ₹36 lakh to ₹6.5 crore, enjoying 66 per cent return on equity over the period.

The company has 3,000 MW of solar assets under O&M contracts. Since it expects the number to grow to 10,000 MW in a couple of years, it needs to stock up on spares and hire and train manpower. For this purpose it requires funding.

Also, Gensol intends to expand its overseas business, which currently contributes between 5 and 10 per cent but looks set to grow.

The company, for instance, is consultant to a 6,000 MW solar project of SoftBank Energy in Saudi Arabia.

The IPO proceeds will fund these ambitions.

Published on September 25, 2019
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