Sembcorp to regroup energy businesses into one unit

Sembcorp Industries has set out to consolidate its thermal and renewable energy businesses under a single entity.

The listed group said yesterday that three transfers of shareholding interests in these businesses had taken place as part of the reorganisation of its India energy operations.

First, its wholly owned subsidiary, Sembcorp Utilities (SCU), has transferred its 88 per cent stake in Sembcorp Gayatri Power (SGPL) to Thermal Powertech Corporation India (TPCIL). TPCIL has also been renamed Sembcorp Energy India (SEIL).

Second, its partner Gayatri Energy Ventures (GEVPL) has transferred its 12 per cent stake in SGPL to SEIL.

Third, SCU has transferred its 71.6 per cent stake in Sembcorp Green Infra (SGI) to SEIL.

The consideration for the transfers was in SEIL shares, issued as fresh equity to SCU and GEVPL, taking into account their respective shareholdings in SGPL and SGI. Sembcorp Industries also said the proposed buyout of SGI remains on track for completion in this quarter.

On Aug 31 last year, the group announced it had entered into a deal to acquire the remaining 28 per cent stake in SGI from IDFC Private Equity Fund III.

Once these transfers and transactions are done, the group's thermal and renewable energy businesses will be consolidated under SEIL. Sembcorp Industries will hold an effective stake of 93.7 per cent in SEIL, while GEVPL will hold the remaining interest.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 20, 2018, with the headline 'Sembcorp to regroup energy businesses into one unit'. Print Edition | Subscribe