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OPG Power Ventures shares boosted by interim results

The power firm continues to be profitable and it is cutting its debt levels.

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OPG Power Ventures PLC (LON:OPG) told investors it has successfully continued its strategy of deleveraging whilst focusing on its profitable long-life assets in Channai.

The India-based power generator, in results for six months ended 30 September, reported an 8.9% increase in profit from continuing operations to £7.4mln, while earnings per share rose by 23.1% to 1.97p.

First-half revenue amounted to £78.4mln, compared to £77.9mln in the same period of last year, and, pre-tax profit was reported at £9.7mln for the period.

It also noted a 17.6% reduction in gross debt which stood at the end of £70.7mln

"Two years ago the board adopted a strategy to focus on our profitable, long-life assets in Chennai and to deleverage in order to deliver growth in shareholders' equity by the transfer of value from debtholders to investors,” Arvind Gupta, OPG chairman said in a statement. “This process continued successfully during the first half of this financial year.”

He added: “By maintaining our sector leading operational performance, we intend to sustain the rate of term debt repayment with the objective that in 2023 we will be debt free.  As interest costs decline in line with borrowings we will generate increasing levels of free cash flow which, in due course, will increase shareholder value substantially."

OPG shares rose by 15% to trade at 18.58p.

Quick facts: OPG Power Ventures PLC

Price: 12.25 GBX

Market: AIM
Market Cap: £49.09 m

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