Asia’s richest man Gautam Adani challenges China in show of support for Modi | Deccan Herald
The Adani Group, led by Chairman and Founder Gautam Adani, faced significant challenges six months ago due to a Hindenburg report that accused the conglomerate of accounting fraud, stock manipulation, and routing of funds through foreign shell companies. The accusations led to a meltdown in Adani Group stocks, resulting in a loss of over $100 billion in market capitalization.
Amidst this “permacrisis,” referring to a prolonged period of uncertainty, Gautam Adani is taking steps to rebuild the company. The group is now focused on striking a balance between growth, capital expenditure (capex), and reducing its debt burden. To alleviate the financial pressure, the Adani family recently divested stakes in four group companies, raising $1.87 billion from global private equity firm GQG Partners. Additionally, three companies within the group have board approval to raise $4 billion in funding over the next year.
However, there are challenges in the path to recovery. The group’s growth ambitions have been affected, and any further slowdown in growth could lead to a correction in valuations. Diluting equity has been an ongoing strategy for the group, dating back to 2019 when it attracted investments from global players like TotalEnergies, Qatar Investment Authority, and the Abu Dhabi-based IHC group, totaling $5.79 billion.
The Adani Group is now focused on rebalancing its growth strategy, refraining from major acquisitions, and strengthening its balance sheet to regain investor confidence and navigate its way through the existing crisis.
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