NTPC Gains On Report Of Talks To Sell Stake In Renewables SPV To Raise Funds

NTPC is the top gainer on the Nifty 50.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>NTPC Floating Solar Plant (Source: Twitter page of NTPC)</p></div>
NTPC Floating Solar Plant (Source: Twitter page of NTPC)

Shares of NTPC Ltd. rose on a report of talks to sell stake in its renewables special purpose vehicle to raise funds.

The state-owned power generator held preliminary discussions with Abu Dhabi-listed TAQA, Malaysia's Petronas and Canadian pension fund CPP Investment Board, among others, with relation to fundraising for clean energy platform, the Economic Times reported citing people aware of the development.

NTPC, the report said, aims to carve out its renewable energy assets into a special purpose vehicle and subsequently raise funds through stake sale. NTPC, TAQA, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Brookfield, KKR and CPPIB and Petronas did not respond to the queries of the newspaper.

NTPC did not immediately respond to BQ Prime's emailed queries.

On July 9, NTPC had informed exchanges of its plans to transfer 15 of its renewable energy projects into a new entity—NTPC Green Energy. The net worth of the assets is Rs 1,364.74 crore, which is 1.01% of the net worth of NTPC. The book value of the assets is Rs 10,066.99 crore.

Shares of NTPC rose over 3% in intraday trade before closing with 1.70% gains on Wednesday. The stock gained for the third straight session. The trading volume was 1.5 times the 30-day average volume.

Of the 27 analysts tracking the company, 25 maintain a 'buy' and two suggest a 'hold', according to Bloomberg data. The average of the 12-month price target implies an upside of 14.7%.