Azure Power, a leading solar power developer, has announced its consolidated results for the second quarter (Q2) of the financial year (FY) 2021.
As per the company’s financial statement, the operating revenue for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, was ₹3.5 billion (~$47.6 million), an increase of 23% compared to ₹2.8 billion (~$37.7 million) in Q2 2020. The company attributed the growth to the revenue generated from projects which were commissioned during the quarter, and additional revenue of ₹162 million (~$2.2 million) for the recovery of safeguard duty and Goods and Services Tax (GST) under the ‘change in law’ provision in four of its projects.
The net loss for Q2 2021 was reported at ₹368 million (~$5 million), which was mainly due to the increase in stock appreciation rights (SARs) expense by ₹492 million (~$6.7 million) on the heels of 87% increase in the share price during the quarter.
The adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, was ₹2.3 billion (~$31.5 million), an increase of 11% in Q2 2020.
The EBITDA from operating assets increased by 20% from $34 million (~₹2.5 billion) in Q2 2020 to $40.7 million (~₹3.01 billion) in Q2 2021.
The company registered a cash flow to equity (CFe) for operating assets of ₹1.06 billion (~$14.5 million) for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, an increase of 50% during the same period last year.
According to the financial statement, the electricity generation for Q2 was 769.2 million kWh, an increase of 26%, compared to Q2 2019. The figure for the first half (1H) of 2021 stood at 1.6 billion kWh, again a 26% increase compared to the same period last year. The rise in electricity generation was mainly due to the additional 116 MW commissioned during the period. The plant load factor (PLF) for the quarter and 1H for the FY 2021 was 18.8% and 20.8%, respectively, compared to 16.8% and 19%, respectively, for the same period last year.
The company commissioned 25 MW of projects during the quarter.
The project cost per MW (AC) of operating for the six months ending September 30, 2020, was ₹40.4 million (~$550,000), compared to ₹51.9 million (~$699,296) during the same period in 2019. This was as a result of the reduction in solar module prices.
The company noted that as of September 30, 2020, the operating and committed capacity was 7.1 GW, increasing 3.7 MW compared to September 30, 2019. Out of the committed capacity of 7.1 GW, the company has received a letter of awards (LOAs) for 4 GW, but the PPAs have not yet been signed.
The cost of operations for Q2 2021 increased by 22% to ₹309 million (~$4.2 million) from ₹253 million (~$3.4 million) in the quarter ended September 30, 2019. This increase was primarily due to increased operational expenses from projects commissioned during the quarter ended September 30, 2019, until September 30, 2020.
The cash flow from operating activities for Q2 2021 and 1H 2021 stood at ₹2.9 billion ($40.7 million) and ₹2.4 billion (~$33.1 million), respectively, compared to ₹1.5 billion (~$20.21 million) and ₹1.06 billion (~$14.28 million) during the same period last year.
The company has one of the country’s largest solar portfolios, with 1.8 GW in operation and 1.2 GW under construction.
The company has said that the construction activities are gradually increasing to normal levels but have still not reached the pre-COVID-19 or planned level. The projects are expected to be commissioned within the revised deadlines provided by respective counterparties and within the original budgeted cost. The Company has applied to the regulatory authorities seeking an extension of commissioning deadlines for some projects. The extension of scheduled commissioning dates for projects under construction has had some impact on the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021, revenue guidance, according to the company.
Earlier, Azure Power registered revenue of ₹3.9 billion (~$52.2 million) in Q1 2021, an increase of 16% compared to the same period last year. The quarter’s net profit had dropped to ₹46 million (~$615,195) from ₹171 million ($2.27 million) posted in Q1 2019.
In July this year, Azure Power announced that it had received a letter of award for 2 GW of interstate transmission system solar projects under the greenshoe option in the Solar Energy Corporation of India’s manufacturing-linked solar tender for 7 GW of solar capacity with a 2 GW solar manufacturing component.
Azure Power is one of the top solar project developers in terms of cumulative solar installations, as per Mercom’s recently released report India Solar Market Leaderboard 1H 2020.
Rakesh Ranjan is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Prior to joining Mercom, he worked in many roles as a business correspondent, assistant editor, senior content writer, and sub-editor with bcfocus.com, CIOReview/Silicon India, Verbinden Communication, and Bangalore Bias. Rakesh holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). More articles from Rakesh Ranjan.