December 21, 2017 / 11:29 AM / a year ago

India's Reliance Infra sells power unit to Adani Transmission

FILE PHOTO - Anil Ambani, chairman of the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, arrives at the Elysee Palace to attend a meeting with French President Francois Hollande in Paris, France, February 21, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India’s Reliance Infrastructure (RLIN.NS), part of Reliance Group, said on Thursday it has agreed to sell its Mumbai power generation, transmission and distribution business to a unit of Adani Enterprises (ADEL.NS) for around 188 billion rupees (£2.19 billion).

The deal will provide Reliance Group controlled by billionaire Anil Ambani with a 30 billion rupees cash surplus, Reliance Infrastructure said in a statement.

Reliance Group has previously announced plans to invest an undisclosed amount in its recently started aerospace defence manufacturing business as well as in its engineering, procurement and construction businesses.

Adani Transmission Ltd (ADAI.NS), the power distribution arm of Adani Enterprises, will pay an initial 132.51 billion rupees for Reliance’s Mumbai power business and 55.50 billion rupees at a later date based on certain approvals, the Reliance statement said.

For the quarter which ended in September, Reliance Infrastructure, also known as RInfra, posted a net profit of 5.44 billion rupees and reported total debt of around 140 billion rupees.

Reporting by Promit Mukherjee; editing by Jason Neely

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