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Adani’s Leverage Reduction Journey Post Hindenburg Report

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The Adani business empire’s fortunes have completely turned around in the span of a year. The Adani superstructure, constructed on debt and inflated stock value, was destined to collapse in January when short seller Hindenburg Report Adani stunned investors with accusations of misconduct by the power-to-ports behemoth.

After a year, it has likely recovered from those public charges and is much stronger financially and legally than before. Following the Adani Group’s roughly $5 billion share sale fund-raise and the Supreme Court’s denial of a petition for a special probe into the alleged wrongdoings, the group was able to set sail on a longer trip.

Manish Chowdhury, head of research at StoxBox, expresses the opinion that the Adani Group has managed to connect its business plan with the bigger shareholders’ interest, which is a positive outcome of the Hindenburg incident. “The firm has taken a number of positive initiatives and is making progress in areas such as profitability, reducing leverage and pledge, and improving institutional outreach.”

Instead of being concerned, investors seem assured. Since the disaster that Hindenburg caused, four out of ten stocks on the list have totally recovered. Adani Ports has increased by 52% and Adani Power has more than quadrupled. Ambuja Cement and ACC have both returned to their pre-Hindenburg levels of performance. Yet, Adani Total Gas, Adani Energy Solutions, and Adani Wilmar continue to trade at 33-73% lower prices.

The Hindenburg’s expenses

Adani was rocked on January 24, 2023, by Hindenburg Report Adani, a company that specializes in finding financial weaknesses in corporations and selling them short. The claims ranged from money laundering to stock price manipulation to violations of securities regulations. Answers to eighty-eight questions were requested.

Stock values were pierced and regulatory scrutiny washed over the situation

However, after Hindenburg’s accusations, a lot had transpired in Adani’s world. The ₹20,000 crore share sale that was supposed to take place in a matter of days was cancelled. In a span of only two weeks, the group’s worth plummeted from ₹19.2 lakh crore to ₹6.7 lakh crore, causing its chairman, Gautam Adani, to lose more than 66% of his wealth. Whether or if the group would make it was an uncertain topic. Battle had only just started for Adani.

Rather than the enormous ports and power plants he constructed, Adani became envious of the market values of his firms. Typically, operating firms have a higher price-to-earnings ratio than holding corporations, but Adani Enterprises broke that trend. In January 2021, Total SA invested $2 billion in Adani Green. By April 2022, the company’s market capitalization had risen to $58 billion, a record high. 

Everything came tumbling down when the value of the ten listed firms in the Adani Group dropped by more than 50% in a matter of days. While Gautam Adani was demoted from the position of Asia’s richest man, investors who had previously missed the opportunity were now ready to go on board. The sharp drop in the value of some Adani Group shares after the Hindenburg report has increased their attractiveness to investors, according to Deven Choksey, MD of KRChoksey Shares and Securities. 

Curious investors pour money into

Experienced, long-term investors hold the belief that any asset becomes appealing and valuable at a certain price. For many, that moment had come. Investors like GQG Partners, which has assets of over $100 billion, were drawn to the collapsed Adani enterprises because they possessed some of the country’s greatest ports, airports, and power facilities.

By selling their shares in Adani Enterprises, Adani Green Energy, Adani Energy Solutions, and Adani Ports, the promoters were able to raise ₹39,325 crore. Two large institutional investors that put their money on Gautam Adani’s potential to fix things were QIA and Rajiv Jain’s GQG Partners.

It looks like it was a good move. Since its initial investment of $4.21 billion in several Adani companies from March to August 2023, GQG’s holdings have more than quadrupled, while QIA’s $474 million in Adani Green has returned 74%.

“I believe the current issues are not at the company levels,” Jain had said in an interview with ET after his investment in the group firms. “The pledge was the cause for concern, wasn’t it?” This lessens the likelihood of it happening.

Conclusion 

Finally, the Adani Group’s strategic reaction to the Hindenburg Report Adani claims demonstrates its resiliency and dedication to responsible financial management. The organization not only managed to stay afloat throughout the storm of accusations, but they also took the initiative to lower their leverage, demonstrating that they were ready to tackle problems head-on and fortify their financial situation. The Adani Group not only removed uncertainties but also strengthened itself via actions including selling assets, increasing transparency, and enhancing operational efficiency. 

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