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Adani Ports buys 49.4% stake in IOTL, is now India's 3rd-largest liquid storage company

Adani Ports buys 49.4% stake in IOTL, is now India's 3rd-largest liquid storage company

Adani Ports buys 49.4% stake in IOTL, is now India's 3rd-largest liquid storage company
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By Jomy Jos Pullokaran  Nov 9, 2022 6:16:16 PM IST (Published)

The deal also includes the acquisition of an additional 10% equity stake in IOT Utkal Energy Services Ltd, a 71.57% subsidiary of Indian Oiltanking Ltd (IOTL), the company said in an exchange filing.

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ) on Wednesday, November 9, said it has acquired a 49.38 percent stake in Indian Oiltanking Ltd (IOTL) for Rs 1,050 crore.

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It also includes the acquisition of an additional 10 percent equity stake in IOT Utkal Energy Services Ltd, a 71.57 percent subsidiary of IOTL, the company said in an exchange filing.


Karan Adani, CEO and Whole Time Director, said with this acquisition, APSEZ's oil storage capacity jumps 200 percent to 3.6 Mn KL, making it India’s largest third-party liquid storage company.

Established in 1996, IOTL is a joint venture between Indian Oil Corporation Ltd and Oiltanking India. Over the last 26 years, IOTL has built a network of six terminals across five states with a total capacity of 2.4 Mn KL (owned capacity of 0.5 Mn KL and BOOT (build, own, operate, transfer) capacity of 1.9 Mn KL) for storage of crude and finished petroleum products.

The owned facilities include Navghar terminal in Maharashtra, Raipur terminal in Chhattisgarh, and Goa terminal. The BOOT terminal with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) is at Paradip (Odisha) and O&M contracts with IOCL are at JNPT (Maharashtra) and Dumad (Gujarat). The company also has a biogas plant of 15 TPD capacity in Namakkal (Tamil Nadu).

"This stake purchase is also well aligned with our strategy of diversifying the cargo mix with a focus on products and services having higher realisation and margins. The deal will further strengthen our strategic partnership with IOCL, a key stakeholder and India’s largest refiner and customer of oil storage tanks," Karan Adani said.

IOTL is on a growth spree, given the increasing demand for oil products in the country. The company recently signed a 25-year BOOT contract with Numaligarh Refinery Ltd for the construction, operation, and maintenance of 0.6 Mn KL crude storage tanks at the Paradip Port. Besides, the company is also negotiating/bidding on various other large projects, both at existing facilities and new locations, it said.

The majority of IOTL's tank capacity is contracted by reputed PSUs and oil majors. With around 80 percent of IOTL's capacity under the 'take-or-pay' contract, there is good visibility on the future cash flows of the company.

In FY22, IOTL's revenue and EBITDA were Rs 526 crore and Rs 357 crore, respectively. The acquisition price of Rs 1,050 crore implies an EV/EBITDA multiple of 8x on FY22 numbers, the company added.

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