Adani Group Market Cap Regains USD 200 Bn-Mark

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Adani Group Market Cap Regains USD 200 Bn-Mark

| Updated: May 23, 2024 11:11

The group has denied any wrongdoing in supply of coal to TN power company

The Adani Group’s market capitalisation on Wednesday regained the USD 200 billion-mark (Rs 16.9 lakh crore) after its listed firms gained Rs 11,300 crore. 

This gain came as investors reposed faith in the company which has denied any wrongdoing in supply of coal to Tamil Nadu power company.

With the Rs 11,300 crore gain on Wednesday, the conglomerate gained Rs 56,250 crore in market capitalisation in the last two trading sessions, according to stock exchange data.

While the Adani group denied all allegations, the news report was cited by opposition leaders, including former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, to demand a probe by a joint parliamentary committee into the alleged wrongdoing.

Quality check

A spokesperson for the group said the quality of the coal was independently tested at the point of loading and discharge, as well as by customs authorities and Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Company (Tangedco) officials. 

“With the supplied coal having passed such an elaborate quality check process by multiple agencies at multiple points, clearly the allegation of supply of low-quality coal is not only baseless and unfair but completely absurd.”

“Moreover, the payment is dependent on the quality of coal supplied, which is determined through the testing process,” the spokesperson said, adding tests for quality of consignment in question had yielded results within permissible limits.

The company went on to state that the vessel cited in the news report to have carried the coal in December 2013 had in fact not been used for shipping coal from Indonesia before February 2014.

Company’s rebuttal 

“The allegations are based only on the difference in the FOB and CIF price of coal, extrapolating it to the supply of low gross calorific value (GCV) coal, and are baseless conjectures and surmises. Not only are the two prices not comparable, but the procurement price itself is not relevant because the order of supply was a fixed price contract, with both the upside and downside to be borne by the supplier,” it clarified. 

The inquiry into allegations of overvaluation of Indonesia coal imports, it said, was initiated against 40 companies. “The Adani companies furnished details sought by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) more than four years ago. Thereafter, the DRI has not asked for further documents. Nor has it communicated any deficiency or objection.”

On allegations of middlemen being involved in the deal, the group said, “Adani Global Pte Ltd sources coal from people/firms/traders having requisite credentials and experience. This is because non-fulfilment of contractual obligations has financial and reputational implications for Adani as a supplier.”

The news report apparently had no impact on Adani group stocks. Market experts said the fundamentals of the Adani group companies are far stronger than what they were in 2014 and the group will emerge even stronger in 2034.

In the past one year, the group’s market capitalization has increased by 56.6% outperforming the broader market Nifty, which has gained 23.3% during the same period. 

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