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'Suzlon shareholders must consider change in leadership'

PTI | Last Updated: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 15:54

New Delhi: Citing Suzlon Energy's continuing weak performance, a proxy advisory firm has advised company shareholders to consider a change in leadership at the wind-turbine maker and vote against a proposal to re-appoint Managing Director Tulsi Tanti.

Proxy advisory firm Institutional Investor Advisory Services (IiAS) has recommended voting against a pay hike for Tanti, who is also the founder and chairman of the company, and said the increase in his compensation should be linked to an improvement in Suzlon's financial performance.

Under Tanti, "the company's performance has continued to falter and the company is now under a CDR (corporate debt restructuring) programme," IiAS said in a report.

"IiAS believes that promoters' interests will also be served by bringing in new management...Shareholders must consider a change in leadership," it noted.

Suzlon is seeking approval to re-appoint Tanti as managing director for three years starting April 1, 2014, and to increase his annual remuneration from Rs 2 crore to Rs 3 crore.

These are among the resolutions for which Suzlon sought shareholders' green signal through a postal ballot, the results of which are to be made public today.

In its report issued yesterday, IiAS said the wind-turbine maker is currently reporting EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) losses and its share price has fallen by about 80 per cent over a three-year period.

Suzlon posted a consolidated net loss of Rs 1,075.25 crore in the December quarter. In the year-ago period, the loss was Rs 1,154.53 crore.

In the third quarter of the current financial year, Suzlon's total income climbed to Rs 5,052.20 crore from Rs 4,047.71 crore a year ago.

At the end of December, the group's order book stood at 5.5 GW (gigawatts), valued at about Rs 47,393 crore (USD 7.7 billion).

First Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 15:54
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