Anil outlines growth blueprint; plans Rs 1,25,000 investments

Anil outlines growth blueprint; plans Rs 1,25,000 investments

Hopping from one AGM to another in a span of a few hours, Ambani told shareholders of Reliance Power, Reliance Capital and Reliance Communications that the investments were not just about creating wealth but sharing it with them.

"We enjoy the trust of over 1 crore shareowners across the Group - the largest such family anywhere in the world," he said invoking the philosophy of his father Late Dhirubhai Ambani that wealth should be shared.

Most of the investments, announced by Ambani, would go into setting up power plants. Also, a major part of the funds to be raised would be through the power ventures.
A whopping Rs 1,20,000 crore would go into creating thermal, hydro and gas-fired power plants. An estimated Rs 80,000 crore would be used for creating 20,000 MW of thermal generation capacity by 2015, Rs 30,000 crore for hydro and Rs 10,000 crore for gas-based projects.

Besides, Reliance Power would raise Rs 50,000 crore in what will become the largest fund raising exercise in the corporate history of the country, he said.
Other fund-consuming businesses, as listed by Ambani, would be telecom arm Reliance Communications, which was also listed as a major fund-raising avenue by sale of shares in it, as also subsidiary Reliance Infratel. He also named insurance business as another area for raising funds through share sale.

At the same time, Ambani also made clear his intentions to enter new businesses such as banking and the exchange space, besides expanding further his presence in segments like other financial services, power and telecom.
"Our Group is by far the youngest of all large business houses in India, but we already rank among the top 5 on every important financial and operating parameter," Ambani said.

In banking, he said that the group's ambition was to set up a world-class bank.
In telecom, he said that not much capex would be required now onwards, but Reliance Communications would seek to raise funds through sale of up to 26 per cent stake in the company. Besides, the company would consider raising funds through sale of shares to strategic and financial investors as also through an IPO in telecom tower arm Reliance Infratel.

Incidentally, a deal for raising funds through sale of shares in Reliance Infratel failed, while an unsuccessful attempt was made in the past for the company's IPO.
He said Rcom has spent nearly Rs 35,000 crore in capex in the last three years, and its investment this year is projected to be around Rs 3,000 crore and a similar trend of declining capex cycle expected to continue.

Stock market also reacted positively to the announcements made by Ambani, although gains were modest for the shares of three group companies.
Reliance Capital rose 0.3 per cent to close at Rs 814, RCOM gained 0.4 per cent to Rs 170.3, while R-Power rose the maximum by 1.7 per cent to close at Rs 163.25 at the BSE.

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