The proposed IFC investment involves supporting the renewable energy lending program of Aditya Birla Finance Limited, a Systemically Important Non-Deposit Accepting Non-Banking Finance Company (NBFC) in India through an INR ECB loan or subscription to NCDs, or green bonds, issued by the Company. The INR ECB loan will be issued under Track III of RBI’s ECB guidelines. While the NCD issuance shall comply with SEBI (Indian regulator of the securities market) guidelines for green bonds. The proceeds of the issuance shall be on-lent by ABFL to solar projects in select states of India.
GHG Savings: The proposed investment will result in savings in GHG emissions of up to 120,104 tCO2 p.a. as it will finance power generation through renewable and climate friendly sources. This is critical in the view of the GOI's overall intentions to reduce carbon intensity of the economy.
Integration: IFC's engagement with ABFL will support the latter's commitment to the renewable energy sector sending a positive signal to the market, and is likely to attract other local and international financial institutions to increase their investment in this sector. Additionally, IFC's continued investment in Green Finance will help to popularize this relatively new asset class, and attract niche investors.
ABFL is a 100% subsidiary of Aditya Birla Capital Limited (ABCL), which is the holding company for all financial services businesses of Aditya Birla Group (ABG).
In 2017, ABG undertook a restructuring exercise which involved merger of group companies Aditya Birla Nuvo (parent of ABCL) and Grasim and subsequent demerger and listing of ABCL. The exercise has now been completed and ABCL got listed on September 1, 2017. Grasim holds 56% in ABCL, Promoters hold 17% and balance is held by public shareholders.
Aditya Birla Finance Limited
Mr. Arnab Basu
Business Head, Projects & Structured Finance Group
One Indiabulls Centre, Tower 1, 16th Floor, Senapati Bapat Marg, Elphinstone Road, Mumbai – 400013
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