- Created: Tuesday, 26 August 2014 18:04
Power sector stock dragged down Nifty and Sensex by 0.5 percent each though metal stocks pillared the pressure and kept Nifty 2 points above 7900-level and Sensex at 26,442.81.
Major power generating companies shares like Tata Power, Reliance Power and Adani Power lost out in the trade on Tuesday. Tata Power shed 3 percent, Reliance Power lost 4 percent and Adani topped the losing rate with 6 percent downfall.
The losing struck Adani and Tata after Supreme Court launched a stay order to stop compensatory tariff benefits to the companies under Appellate Tribunal's argument.
Two of the power majors gained approval from Central Electricity Regulatory Commission to gain favorable tariff charges in their Gujarat plant set up in Mundra Power Plant in February end.
Government of India (GOI) signed an approval allowing the companies to extend the charges of power supply over the existing rates set by State power distribution utilities. The additional charges over the normal rate of power supply meant to compensate the companies as profits are now on hold.
Companies are paying for high costing coal, imported to India to produce power. Tata and Adani requested GOI for collecting compensation over the prices to repay their expenses. Appellate Tribunal received a challenging report from the state distribution authorities which opposed the action.
Supreme Court decided to put a hold on the order and asked Appellate Tribunal’s court to take a decision at the earliest possible remark.
The unattributed stoppage in the hike of prices brought down the cited growth in companies' profit and earnings per share.
Tata Powers biggest project Mundra ultra-mega power plant having an installed capacity of 4,000 MW accounts for more than half of its total power producing capacity is affecting its entire power sector vertical. The plant commissioned in FY 2012-13 is struggling to keep up as the cost of imports of coal, its major source from Indonesia rose invariably after the country changed export laws in 2011.
Before supreme court's declaration imposing a stop on its previous dealing allowing power companies to collect compensatory amount, Tata Power planned to collect Rs 690 crore for recovering losses in Mundra plant in the previous fiscal. Company did not account for the amount in the planning until they received the final put orders. Therefore, Tata Mundra project recorded accumulated net loss of Rs 260 crore in the year ending 31 March 2013.
In Adani Power, Mundra plant is holding 4,620 MW capacity, which faced similar problems of recovering over primary costs. The company recorded aggregate loss of Rs 291 crore in the same time period. In case of Adani, the company recorded the loss after considering the compensatory amount offered of Rs 1,013 crore including an accumulated amount of Rs 830 crore for losses recorded at the end of last fiscal.
If supreme court decides to cancel the move then Adani will have to move down its profits, i.e. report a higher net loss further losing market shares.