Larsen & Toubro gains 5% on winning ‘major’ contracts, fund raising plan

Shares of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) rose 5 per cent to Rs 853 on the BSE on Monday after the company announced that it has won major contracts for its power transmission & distribution business. The stock was trading higher for the fifth straight day.

The board of the construction and engineering major also approved long-term borrowing of up to Rs 9,000 crore, either through external commercial borrowings, term loans, non-convertible debentures or any other instrument as may be appropriate.

L&T announced major award wins in the power transmission and distribution business, which includes sub-station works in Egypt and Kuwait and another grid station project in Oman.

Although the company did not mention the exact value of the contract, according to its project classification, the value of a major order ranges between Rs 5,000 crore and Rs 7,000 crore.

In a separate filing today, L&T said its water & effluent treatment business has secured three engineering procurement construction (EPC) water management orders from the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation.

Last week, the company also reported large orders (ranges between Rs 2,500 crore and Rs 5,000 crore) from discoms in Uttar Pradesh and a distribution network job in Chennai.

In the past five trading days, L & T’s stock has gained 10 per cent, as compared to 8.9 per cent rise in the S&P BSE Sensex.

During the January-March quarter (Q4FY20), L&T won four large contract for power transmission & distribution, water and effluent treatment business ranging in between Rs 25,00 crore – Rs 5,000 crore together with various small orders.

“L&T had guided for a strong order inflow of 10-12 per cent year on year (YoY) in FY20, and its comments about FY-21 outlook in terms of revenue and orders will be keenly watched, given the current lockdown situation,” analysts at Dolat Capital said in Q4 earnings preview.

L & T’s order inflow, in the past two years, was driven by the government and PSU capex. This trend outlook will also be watched along with L & T’s comments about the National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) and the potential opportunities from it, the brokerage firm said.

At 11:16 am, the stock was trading 4.7 per cent higher at Rs 851 on the BSE, against 1 per cent decline in the benchmark index. A combined 3.5 million shares have changed hands on the counter on the NSE and BSE so far.

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