May 14, 2011

Suzlon Group posts strong Q4 profit of Rs. 432 crore (US$ 96 mn)

  • Revenues of Rs. 7,276 crore (US$ 1,622 mn), Q4 YoY growth of 20%
  • EBITDA Rs. 1,024 crore (US$ 228 mn), Q4 YoY growth of 91%
  • EBIT Rs. 773 crore (US$ 172 mn), Q4 YoY growth of 98%
  • Robust orderbook of ~Rs. 30,100 cr (~US$ 6.7 bn), YoY growth of 60%
  • Consistent turbine availability (uptime), exceeding 97 per cent for its global operating turbine fleet of over 17,000 MW in 32 countries
  • Record annual order intake of ~4,000 MW
  • FY12 Guidance: Revenue Rs. 24,000 cr. to 26,000 cr. (US$ 5.3 bn to 5.8 bn); EBIT 7% – 8%

Mumbai: Suzlon Energy Limited, the world’s fifth largest* wind turbine supplier,
reported its earnings today, for the quarter ended March 31, 2011.

Mr. Tulsi R. Tanti, founder, Chairman and Managing Director – Suzlon Group,
said: “The past year has seen consistent improvement in our Group performance,
and we are very pleased to report a profitable fourth quarter. Our focus on emerging
and key developed markets, along with offshore, is paying dividends with a robust
orderbook and a strong pipeline of projects under discussion. The India market, in
particular, has delivered tremendous growth. We have made substantial progress on
many strategic initiatives, including successfully launching the S9X and 3XM turbines
suites, and initiating the ‘squeeze-out’ of REpower’s minority shareholders – both of
which will play an important role in further strengthening our position.

“Looking at the bigger picture, events over the past year have reinforced the need
for a balanced, safe energy portfolio to secure and de-risk our energy future, and to
mitigate the threat of climate change. The case for wind is stronger than ever, and I
remain very optimistic about the future of our company and the industry.”

Mr. Robin Banerjee, Chief Financial Officer – Suzlon Energy Limited, said:
“We are very pleased to report a profitable Q4. Key initiatives focused on lowering
operating costs, rationalizing inventories and improving overall operating efficiency
have delivered positive results. Along with lowering our cost base, we have brought
down our net debt-to-equity ratio to 1.36, and maintained a tight focus on cashflow
and driving orders. This has resulted in strengthening our competitive positioning
and making the Group more flexible and agile.”

Key Updates

Market Outlook: In the short-term we anticipate growth in our key markets
and offshore. The medium-to-long-term scenario remains positive with price
volatility in fossil fuels, energy security and climate change concerns, and
strong growth in emerging markets and offshore.

Orders: The Suzlon Group orderbook stood at 4,639 MW (~Rs. 30,100 cr,
~US$ 6.7 bn) in value as on 13th May, 2011. The Group, over the year,
secured the highest order intake of 4,000 MW. Some of the firm orders
included:

Brazil: Secured 218 MW order in Brazil from the Martifer Group, reinforcing
Suzlon’s presence in this growth market.

Canada: REpower and Saint-Laurent Énergies Inc. (co-owned by EDF EN),
concluded a contract for the delivery of 300 MW of capacity for the Lac
Alfred wind farm project, making it the largest onshore project to date for
the Company. REpower has also signed a contract to deliver 80 MW to the
Saint-Robert-Bellarmin project, which marks the second call from a
framework agreement that REpower signed with EDF Energies Nouvelles
Canada Inc. in November 2009. Another contract for 30 MW has been
signed with Wind Works Power Corp.

Germany: REpower has signed a 74.8 MW contract with German wind farm
project developer Denker & Wulf AG, for a new project in MecklenburgWestern
Pomerania, Germany. Further, REpower has also signed a 720 MW
frame agreement with German wind developer Juwi.

India: Suzlon has secured some of the biggest orders in India. Several new
orders, from companies such as Altrade, Serum and HPCL, and repeat ones
from Malpani, Baidyanath and GSFC. The Company has also signed an order
for 150 MW with Hindustan Zinc, a Vedanta Group company. Independent
power producers are emerging as a strong sector in this fast growing
market – Suzlon won a 202 MW order from the Techno Electric Group, and a
1,000 MW order from Caparo Energy – the largest in India to-date.

UK: REpower and UK-based wind energy company Energiekontor UK
Construction signed two contracts for a total of 43 MW.

US: REpower concluded a contract for the delivery of 51 MW for EverPower
Wind Holdings, Inc. for development projects located across the states of
New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington.

Offshore: REpower signed a 295 MW contract with C-Power for Thornton
Bank offshore wind farm in Belgium. This contract – as measured by
investment volume – represents the biggest ever project financing in the
offshore wind industry. REpower supplied 30 units of the 5M turbine,
totaling 150 MW in capacity, to the Ormonde offshore windfarm project in
the UK. In addition, REpower has supplied over 70 MW to the Beatrice
windfarm in the UK, Thorton Bank in Belgium, and Alpha Ventus in
Germany, totaling over 220 MW of offshore capacity supplied till date.

Initiated REpower ‘squeeze-out’: Suzlon crossed 95 per cent share
holding in REpower and initiated the ‘squeeze-out’ process of minority
shareholders in order to move towards full ownership of the company.

Financials: Suzlon successfully completed the issuance of Foreign Currency
Convertible Bonds, raising US$ 175 mn, and also completed a Rights Issue of
Rs. 1,188 cr

  • Technology 
Suzlon brought to market its new S9X suite of turbines. The suite is an
evolution of Suzlon’s proven technology platform, and is built around a core
of Doubly Fed Induction Generator-based technology. Serial production of
the S95 turbine is scheduled to begin in Q2 FY12, followed by the S97 in Q4
FY12.

REpower launched a new variant in its 3XM series – the 3.2M114 with a 114
meter rotor diameter, a hub height of 143 meters and a concrete-steel
hybrid tower designed to exploit the potential in low-wind locations. The
company also launched the MM100 – 1.8 MW turbine developed specially for
the North American market.

The Group opened four R&D and technology centers in Germany, India and
China.

  • ? Awards
Suzlon won the Gigaton Award at the COP16 global summit in Mexico, for
global leadership in emissions control and sustainability practices.

Tulsi R. Tanti was named the ‘Wind Visionary of Asia’ by the Asian
Development Bank.

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