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Adani Ports share price rises almost 3% on US DFC investment boost


Adani Ports share price rose almost 3 per cent in intraday trade on BSE on Wednesday, November 8, after the company said US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) will fund Adani’s joint venture (JV) in Sri Lanka, for $553 million.

“US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) has announced that it will be funding Colombo West International Terminal Pvt. Ltd. (CWIT) – a consortium of Adani Ports and SEZ, Sri Lanka’s leading enterprise John Keells Holdings (JKH) and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority – to the tune of $553 million,” Adani Ports said in an exchange filing.

Adani Port and Special Economic Zone share price opened at 802 against the previous close of 797.20 and rose 2.75 per cent to the intraday high of 819.10. Around 12;30 pm, the stock was 2.42 per cent up at 816.50 on BSE.

“When completed, Colombo West International Terminal project will transform the socio-economic landscape, not just in Colombo but across the island, through thousands of direct and indirect new employment opportunities and by massively boosting Sri Lanka’s trade and commerce ecosystem,” said Karan Adani, Whole Time Director and CEO, Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone.

Adani Ports share price hit its 52-week low of 394.95 on BSE on February 3, 2023. As of the previous session’s close, the stock has jumped 102 per cent from its 52-week low.

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According to a Bloomberg report, the US will provide $553 million in financing for a port terminal in Colombo as New Delhi and Washington look to curtail China’s influence in South Asia.

“The US funding also signals renewed efforts to loosen Beijing’s sway over Sri Lanka after Colombo splurged on Chinese port and highway projects before its economic meltdown last year, which left it highly indebted to Beijing. India also wants to tilt the balance of power in its neighbourhood,” the Bloomberg report said.

Also Read: US invests $553 million in Gautam Adani’s Sri Lanka port to counter China’s influence

Meanwhile, Adani Ports reported a 48 per cent growth in cargo handling at seaports it operated in October. The Gautam Adani’s firm handled about 37 million metric ton (MMT) of total cargo in October, up 48 per cent year-on-year (YoY).

According to APSEZ, its Haifa Port in Israel handled over 1.1 MMT of cargo in October, marginally better than the average cargo volume run rate of the last six months.

Also Read: Adani Ports hit 48% growth in cargo handling in October, records highest ever monthly cargo volumes of 37 MMT

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Updated: 08 Nov 2023, 12:59 PM IST

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.