Reliance New Energy Solar to acquire 40% stake in Sterling & Wilson Solar
Mumbai, October 10, 2021
Reliance New Energy Solar Ltd (RNESL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reliance Industries Ltd (Reliance), today executed definitive agreements with Shapoorji Pallonji and Company Private Ltd (SPCPL), Khurshed Daruvala and Sterling & Wilson Solar Ltd (SWSL) to acquire 40% stake post-money in SWSL.
The transactions are preferential allotment of 2.93 crore equity shares (equivalent to 15.46% post preferential share capital) at a price of Rs. 375.0 per share; acquisition of 1.84 crore equity shares by RNESL from SPCPL (equivalent to 9.70% post preferential share capital) at a price of Rs. 375.0 per share; and public announcement by RNESL to the public shareholders of SWSL to acquire up to 4.91 crore equity shares of SWSL, representing 25.9% in accordance with SEBI Takeover Regulations.
RNESL will hold 40.0% of the equity capital of SWSL, consequent to acquisition in the open offer, follow-on acquisition of shares from SPCPL and Khurshed Daruvala, and sell down, if any required, a press release from Reliance said.
SWSL, a Shapoorji Pallonji group company, is a global pure-play, end-to-end solar engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) solutions provider. It provides EPC services primarily for utility-scale solar power projects, with a focus on project design and engineering, and manages all aspects of project execution from conceptualisation to commissioning.
Khurshed Daruvala is the Chairman of SWSL.
With 11-plus GW of solar turnkey projects executed globally and more than five decades of engineering experience, SWSL is a leading international EPC and O&M service provider in the renewables sector. The company has a 3,000-strong team and presence across 24 countries, and it provides a comprehensive range of solar energy turnkey solutions including design, procurement, construction, project management and operations and management.
"Reliance is committed to making India a global leader in green energy based on the latest and most cost-competitive technologies and development capabilities. This partnership with SWSL will provide it access to world-class talent, engineering and project management skills and complement Reliance’s proven strengths in digital technology, engineering, and procurement and project execution - all key ingredients required to deliver high quality, cost-efficient and time-bound implementation of giga-scale green energy capacity, in India and across the world," the release said.
Combined with Reliance’s announced plans to set up four state of art giga factories in Jamnagar, Gujarat, the partnership offers fully integrated product with unrivaled engineering capabilities.
Speaking about the transaction, Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Industries, said, “We welcome SWSL as a strategic partner towards building our New Energy platform. SWSL, with its engineering talent, deep domain knowledge, global presence, and experience of executing some of the most complex projects globally, will become an important part of our solar value chain. This will enable us to deliver our comprehensive, end-to-end ecosystem leading to cost-efficient green energy for Indian consumers.
"We have great respect for Khurshed Daruvala and the world class institution that he has built over the years and look forward to collaborating in making SWSL a global EPC and O&M leader.”
Shapoor Mistry, Chairman of Shapoorji Pallonji & Co. Pvt. Ltd, said: “We are happy to welcome Reliance in Sterling and Wilson Solar Ltd. Through the decades, spanning three generations, the Shapoorji Pallonji group has helped Sterling and Wilson become a global leader in providing turnkey solutions in the energy value chain. SWSL is now well-poised to make a valuable contribution, as the world transitions to a low-carbon economy. I believe this partnership is beneficial to all stakeholders and will greatly contribute to making India a leading green energy powerhouse.”
Daruvala said, “The history of Sterling and Wilson dates to the 1920s. We have come a long way since then and have always stayed true to our core values of delivering high quality engineering solutions to our customers. Along with the Shapoorji Pallonji Group we have made SWSL a global leader in providing turnkey solutions in the energy value chain. Reliance, with its integrated new energy vision, and a commitment to put India on the global green energy map, provides us a great opportunity to further establish SWSL as the leading EPC solutions provider globally. I am sure this partnership will give SWSL new energy and excitement, and we look forward to becoming part of creating history.”
Daruvala will continue to be Chairman of the Board and lead the next phase of growth for SWSL.
AZB and K Law acted as legal advisors, Ernst and Young as the accounting and tax diligence advisor and Edelweiss as the financial advisor to Reliance.
DAM Capital acted as financial advisor and Desai & Diwanji acted as legal advisor to SWSL and the selling shareholders.
The transaction is subject to customary regulatory and other approvals and closing conditions, the release added.
SWSL has been executing projects globally and has to its credit more than 11.4 GWp of solar power projects (commissioned and under various stages of construction) across geographies. SWSL also provides operations and maintenance (O&M) services, including for projects constructed by third parties, and currently manages a portfolio of 8.8 GWp.
Present in 24 countries today, SWSL has operations in India, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Australia.