October 2020 \ Interviews \ BUSINESS—CORPORATE INTERVIEW
“Shareholders will be rewarded when normalcy returns”

Larsen & Toubro (L&T), India’s leading engineering ...

By Sanjeev Sharma

“Once the economic environment returns to normalcy and the core businesses of L&T start generating cash on a consistent basis, we will have a favourable view of rewarding shareholders in the most tax efficient manner”, Subrahmanyan said. On which other non-core assets will be on the block, Subrahmanyan said, “We keep conducting a strategic review of our business portfolio from time to time and take a call on the basis of consistent long-term planning process. As per this review, we may divest or dilute certain concession businesses of L&T such as L&T Metro (Hyderabad) and Nabha Power Ltd as and when the economic situation normalizes”, he added.

What will you do with the proceeds of the deal?

We are in the middle of an unprecedented pandemic which has caused considerable uncertainty to business during the past 5 months. In such times, it is necessary to strengthen the balance sheet and stay adequately liquid. Accordingly, the sale proceeds will be utilised partly for de-levering the consolidated debt levels in L&T’s balance sheet and also to strengthen the liquidity buffer warranted by the current economic environment. As business conditions improve post Covid, some of the equity unlocked by the divestment will also be invested for growing the business at the group level. Once clarity emerges about the duration and the impact of the pandemic, assessment of surplus cash and its potential distribution to shareholders will be made.