Shapoorji Pallonji Infra to sell 317 MWp of operational solar assets to KKR at Rs.15,540 mn
Shapoorji Pallonji Infrastructure Capital (SP Infra) and global investment firm KKR have announced the signing of definitive agreements, under which SP Infra will sell five operational solar energy assets to KKR for a total consideration of Rs.15,540 million. The portfolio comprises 169 MW (DC) in Maharashtra and 148 MW (DC) in Tamil Nadu. SP Infra is the infrastructure development arm of the Shapoorji Pallonji Group with assets and businesses in renewable and gas-based power, highways, port and terminals in India and overseas.Mukundan Srinivasan, Managing Director, SP Infra, says, “This deal further demonstrates SP Infra’s continued track record of developing high-quality infrastructure assets in its chosen spaces, creating value for further growth in its businesses, and being the partner of choice for high-quality international investors like KKR.”According to David Luboff, Head of Asia Pacific Infrastructure, KKR, “We are truly pleased to extend our infrastructure franchise in Asia and India through this investment in a world-class portfolio of fully operational solar energy projects. Given the growing demand across the Asia-Pacific for sustainable energy solutions, we also see this as a great example of how KKR can bring capital and expertise to assets to help meet the demand for infrastructure development. Looking ahead, we are excited to explore even more renewable energy opportunities in India and overseas.”Sanjay Nayar, CEO, KKR India, adds, “SP Infra and the Shapoorji Pallonji Group are recognised in India and worldwide for the high quality of their renewable energy projects. And given the government’s ambitious target of achieving 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022, we believe this is an attractive time to invest in this portfolio and provide even greater solar energy solutions to communities across India.”KKR takes a flexible approach to infrastructure investment in the Asia-Pacific. The firm has evolved a traditional sector-based approach to infrastructure – spanning assets such as transportation, energy, telecom, water and waste, among other segments – to further consider elements such as physical assets, proximity to the local economy, irreplaceability and sensitivities to economic cycles and governance, among other categories. KKR pairs the capabilities of its local teams in the Asia-Pacific with the firm's global industry and operational expertise to add value. India is a key part of KKR’s Asia infrastructure strategy and this announced transaction is the firm’s second investment in the country as part of this dedicated strategy.Further details of the investment have not been disclosed. The transaction is subject to customary approvals. KKR makes its investment through its infrastructure fund.Edelweiss Financial Services acted as the exclusive financial advisor to SP Infra. Khaitan & Co. and PwC acted as SP Infra’s legal and tax advisors. AZB & Partners and Simpson Thacher acted as KKR’s legal advisors and EY acted as its M&A advisor.