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17 Sep 2019 -National Tata Power Subsidiary to exit South African JV “Cennergi” for USD 106 million

Share Purchase Agreement signed between Khopoli Investments Ltd. (a 100% subsidiary of Tata Power) and Exxaro Resources Ltd.

Exxaro to acquire entire 50% stake of Khopoli Investments Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Tata Power Company Ltd., in Cennergi for ~ USD 106 million 

Khopoli Investments Ltd. (a 100% subsidiary of Tata Power, “the Company”) today announced the execution of a Share Purchase Agreement with Exxaro Resources Ltd. for the divestment of the Company’s entire 50% stake in Cennergi, a South African joint venture, for an amount of ZAR 1,550 million (USD 106 million), subject to normal working capital and other adjustments.

The agreement will be subject to, amongst others, normal regulatory approvals customary for this type of transaction. Cennergi (Pty) Ltd. is a 50:50 joint venture between Exxaro Resources Ltd. and Khopoli Investments Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Tata Power Company Ltd. Exxaro is a leading South African coal producer.

Under the Agreement, Exxaro will acquire the entire 50% shareholding of Khopoli Investments Ltd. The Agreement is likely to be completed by Q3FY20. Post this transaction, Exxaro will have 100% ownership of Cennergi.

Cennergi in turn owns two wind farms in South Africa - Amakhala Emoyeni (with a generation capacity of 134.4 MW and 95% shareholding) and Tsitsikamma Community Wind Farm (with a generation capacity of 95.3 MW and 75% shareholding). Each project has a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the State power utility Eskom.

The decision to monetise this South African asset is in alignment with our stated strategy to deleverage the Balance Sheet by divesting sub-optimal size international assets,” said Mr Praveer Sinha, CEO & Managing Director, Tata Power. “The proceeds from such sale would be re-invested in emerging areas where there is a huge growth opportunity. The Company will focus   on renewable power, power distribution and service-led businesses in India which will bring in greater value and help us align with the emerging consumer needs”, he added. ABSA Bank was the sole advisor to Khopoli for the transaction.

“The collaboration between Exxaro and Tata Power over the past seven years to develop these projects to their current status has been commendable and an outstanding success in South Africa’s implementation of its energy strategy. As a South African-based company, Exxaro is pleased with this opportunity to consolidate its interest in this renewable energy asset at a time in South Africa where we need energy security as we respond to increasing negative sentiment towards coal-based electricity generation,” said Mr Mxolisi Mgojo, CEO of Exxaro Resources.

About Tata Power:

Tata Power is India’s largest integrated power company and, together with its subsidiaries & jointly controlled entities, has an installed capacity of 10857 MW. A pioneer in the field, it has a presence across the entire power value chain: Generation of renewable as well as conventional power including hydro and thermal energy; transmission & distribution, trading and coal & freight logistics. With renewable energy assets in solar and wind accounting for 22% of the company's portfolio, Tata Power is a leader in clean energy generation. In line with the company's view on sustainable and clean energy development, Tata Power is steering the transformation of utilities to integrated solutions by looking at new business growth in EV charging & storage, distributed generation & rooftops, microgrids and home automation & smart meters.

It has successful public-private partnerships in generation, transmission & distribution in India namely: ‘Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd.’ with Delhi Vidyut Board for distribution in North Delhi; 'Tata Power Ajmer Distribution Ltd.' with Ajmer Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd. for distribution in Ajmer; 'Powerlinks Transmission Ltd.' with Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. for evacuation of Power from Tala hydro plant in Bhutan to Delhi; 'Maithon Power Ltd.' with Damodar Valley Corporation for a 1050 MW Mega Power Project at Jharkhand. Tata Power is serving more than 2.6 million distribution consumers in India and has developed the country’s first 4000 MW Ultra Mega Power Project at Mundra (Gujarat) based on super-critical technology.

With growing international focus, Tata Power's global presence includes strategic investments in Indonesia through a 30% stake in the coal company PT Kaltim Prima Coal (KPC); 26% stake in mines at PT Baramulti Suksessarana Tbk (BSSR); in Singapore through Trust Energy Resources; in South Africa through a joint venture called ‘Cennergi’ to develop projects in sub-Sahara Africa; in Zambia through a 50:50 joint venture with ZESCO for 120 MW Hydro project; in Georgia through AGL which is a joint venture with Clean Energy, Norway & IFC for development of 187 MW hydro project; in Bhutan through a hydro project in partnership with The Royal Government of Bhutan.

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