Tata Power Misses March Quarter Profit Estimates

Tata Power's consolidated revenue from its power business fell 12% to Rs 5,975 crore

Tata Power Co Ltd on Friday reported a fourth-quarter adjusted profit that missed analysts’ estimates, as lower recovery on the cost of fuel at one of its major power plants and higher fuel costs hurt margins. On an adjusted basis, excluding a one-time charge, the company posted an increase in consolidated net profit to Rs. 389 crore for the quarter ended March 2017.

Analysts on average had expected a consolidated profit of Rs. 426 crore, according to Thomson Reuters data.

The charge is related to a write-off of a major part of the company’s investments in the equity shares of Tata Teleservices Ltd (TTSL), in which Tata Power holds an interest.
Including the charge, Tata Power posted a consolidated net loss for the quarter of Rs. 247 crore ($38.1 million).

Tata Power had made a provision of Rs. 651 crore that came from Tata Teleservices’ share buyback from Japan’s NTT DoCoMo, after an arbitration award in favour of DoCoMo, Tata Power said in an exchange filing.

The Delhi high court last month had approved the settlement of a dispute between Tata Sons and NTT DoCoMo, allowing the Indian firm to buy out the Japanese firm’s stake in the telecoms joint venture.

Tata Power said consolidated revenue from its power business dipped 12 per cent to Rs. 5,975 crore in the March quarter.

Shares of the Mumbai-based power company closed 0.5 per cent higher on the National Stock Exchange.

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