Mahindra Group and Ontario Teachers’ co-sponsor India’s Largest RE Listed InvIT

Mahindra Group and Ontario Teachers’ co-sponsor India’s Largest RE Listed InvIT* with Offer Size of Rs. 2262.8 Crore (USD 273 Million)

Mahindra Group and Ontario Teachers’ co-sponsor India’s Largest RE Listed InvIT

Mumbai: Mahindra Group, a leader in farm equipment, utility vehicles, information technology and financial services businesses in India, and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (Ontario Teachers’), a leading global institutional investor, through their associates have co-sponsored an Infrastructure Investment Trust (InvIT) holding assets in the renewable energy space. The InvIT, “Sustainable Energy Infra Trust” (SEIT), is India’s largest InvIT in the renewable energy space*. SEIT has raised primary capital of Rs. 1365 Crore (USD 165 Million) as part of the initial offer of units (Offer). The Offer was subscribed by marquee global and Indian investors, including Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). SEIT made its debut on the National Stock Exchange of India Limited today. 

As announced earlier, and in line with the commitment made by Mahindra Group and Ontario Teachers’, SEIT has been set up to focus on the growth of the renewable energy sector in India at scale. SEIT holds operational renewable power assets seeded by Mahindra Susten with a generation capacity of approximately 1.54 GWp. The capital of Rs. 897.8 Crore (USD 108 Million) made available to Mahindra Susten by way of an offer for sale of units of SEIT as a part of the Offer will position Mahindra Susten for the next level of growth and development of a future pipeline of renewable energy assets. Mahindra Susten and SEIT, as a part of their growth strategy, have entered into a Right Of First Offer (ROFO) arrangement, in compliance with InvIT Regulations, whereby renewable energy assets developed by Mahindra Susten will be offered for sale to SEIT. As previously announced, both Mahindra Group and Ontario Teachers’ had committed to invest up to Rs. 3050 Crore (USD 368 Million) and Rs. 3550 Crore (USD 428 Million) respectively into Mahindra Susten and SEIT. 

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Speaking about the announcement, Dr. Anish Shah, Group CEO & MD, of Mahindra Group, said, “The Government of India has laid down ambitious targets to reduce the carbon intensity of the nation’s economy by 45% by the end of the decade and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2070. The listing of SEIT is a testament to the Group’s ability to attract strong external investors. Mahindra Susten has ambitious plans to achieve 5X growth in the next five years and will contribute to both the group’s and the nation’s green energy goals. The renewable energy sector will continue to grow and attract investments and we are excited about both Susten’s and SEIT’s role in developing the right ecosystem.” Deb Hajara, Managing Director, of Infrastructure & Natural Resources at Ontario Teachers’ added, “We are proud to co-sponsor the SEIT alongside our partner Mahindra Susten and to contribute to India's renewable energy ambitions. This milestone not only reinforces our commitment to invest globally in green and transition assets but also demonstrates the attractiveness of renewable energy investment opportunities in India.”

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Avinash Rao, CEO of the Investment Manager to SEIT, commented, “Renewable energy is a core sector for India with significant growth potential. The Government’s focus on renewable and sustainable energy makes the industry very attractive for investments thereby enabling further portfolio growth. An InvIT as an instrument is investor-friendly and attracts significant interest in operating renewable energy and infrastructure investments in India. We are delighted to have strong sponsors such as Mahindra Group, Ontario Teachers’, AIIB, and other marquee investors on board for current assets and for building our pipeline of future assets.” Kotak Mahindra Capital Company Limited, Axis Capital Limited and Avendus Capital Private Limited acted as Placement Agents to the transaction. Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas acted as legal counsel to SEIT and the Sponsors. S&R Associates acted as legal counsel to the Placement Agents. 

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