Crisil Ratings upgrades outlook on Tata Power to positive

Crisil Ratings upgrades outlook on Tata Power to positive

New Delhi, Nov 22 (PTI) Tata Power on Wednesday said Crisil Ratings has upgraded its outlook on the company to 'positive' on expectation of an improvement in operating profitability this fiscal.

The ratings agency had earlier assigned a 'stable' outlook on the company, Tata Power said in a regulatory filing.

'CRISIL Ratings Limited has upgraded its outlook on the company (Tata Power) from AA/Stable Outlook to AA/Positive Outlook,' it said.

The revision in outlook reflects the possibility of better-than-expected business risk profile, if the improvement in operating profitability in fiscal 2024, across power generation and distribution business, sustains along with a continuing healthy financial performance with consolidated net leverage (ratio of net debt to EBIDTA) remaining within rating threshold, it said.

The increase in operating profitability of Tata Power since fiscal 2023, is mainly on account of better profitability of its Mundra Ultra Mega Power Project (Mundra plant), improved efficiency in Odisha discom business and continued growth in renewable energy (RE) business with steady capacity addition.

Profitability during the last fiscal year was also supported by higher margins in overseas coal mining business amid elevated coal prices.

'CRISIL Ratings has revised its outlook on the long-term bank facilities and non-convertible debentures of Tata Power to 'Positive' from 'Stable', while reaffirming its rating at 'CRISIL AA'. The rating on Tata Power's commercial paper programme and short-term bank facilities has been reaffirmed at 'CRISIL A1+',' the filing said.

Overall, Crisil Ratings expects Tata Power's consolidated adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) to be more than Rs 12,000 crore each in fiscals 2024 and 2025 (which was around Rs 11,500 crore in fiscal 2023 and around Rs 9,600 crore in fiscal 2022).

Adjusted EBITDA was reported at Rs 6,694 crore in the first half of fiscal 2024, the company said. PTI ABI DRR

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