Renewable energy firm ACME Solar Holdings files papers for ₹3,000-crore IPO

The offer also includes a reservation for a subscription by eligible employees

Published - July 03, 2024 09:16 pm IST - New Delhi

Renewable energy firm ACME Solar Holdings Ltd has filed preliminary papers with capital markets regulator Sebi to raise ₹3,000 crore through an initial public offering (IPO).

The Gurugram-based company’s proposed IPO is a combination of fresh issue of shares worth ₹2,000 crore and an offer for sale (OFS) of shares valued ₹1,000 crore by ACME Cleantech Solutions, according to the draft red herring prospectus (DRHP).

The offer also includes a reservation for a subscription by eligible employees.

The company may consider issue of securities to the tune of up to ₹400 crore as a “pre-IPO placement”. If such placement is completed, the fresh issue size will be reduced.

The renewable energy firm intends to utilize the proceeds from the fresh issuance to the extent of ₹1,500 crore towards payment of debt, besides a portion of funds will be used for general corporate purposes.

ACME Solar develops, builds, owns, operates, and maintains utility-scale renewable energy projects through its in-house engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) division, as well as its operation and maintenance (O&M) team.

It generates revenue by selling electricity to various off-takers, including central and state government-backed entities.

As of March 2024, 18 out of 28 operational projects of the company were located in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Telangana, representing 85% of its total operational projects capacity.

ACME Group was one of the early entrants in the solar independent power producer (IPP) business in India, commissioning its first solar power plant in fiscal 2012. Since then, the group has developed, executed, and commissioned a total of 2,719 MW of solar power projects.

On the financial front, ACME Solar’s consolidated revenue from operations increased 1.88% to ₹1,319.25 crore during the fiscal year 2024 from ₹1,294.90 crore in the previous year. The company had a turnaround from being a loss-making firm in FY23 to having registered a profit of ₹698.23 crore in FY24.

Nuvama Wealth Management, ICICI Securities, JM Financial, Kotak Mahindra Capital Company and Motilal Oswal Investment Advisors are the book-running lead managers to the issue.

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