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In our recent meeting with the management of Vedanta Ltd. it emphasized three important points:
capital allocation between capex, dividend and M&A,
net debt reduction at the parent company level; and
focus on volume growth and cost reduction on a sustainable basis.
Vedanta announced a capex policy with a focus on growth capex and dividend, while avoiding the inter-corporate deposit route to support the parent company. The company plans to allocate $1-1.5 billion annually to growth capex, which will result in:
a volume expansion,
increase in the share of value-added products, and
improving environmental, social and governance standards.
Capex will likely continue to support these initiatives even during a recession.
Management plans to pay a ~$4 billion dividend over the next three years, which should help it deleverage at the parent company level.
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