Investor updates

This page is updated regularly with the latest news about why Adani’s biggest investors must cut all ties with Adani.

Context

The Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project, and the related North Queensland Export Terminal (formerly the Adani Abbot Point Terminal), is one of the biggest greenfield coal expansions in the world. Adani Ports, Adani Enterprises, and Atulya Resources all have different ownership stakes in the Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project, and the related North Queensland Export Terminal.

Any company that invests in Adani Ports, Adani Enterprises, Atulya Resources, or directly invests in the Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project, or the related North Queensland Export Terminal, is supporting this huge greenfield coal expansion. BlackRock, MUFG, State Bank of India, JP Morgan Chase, and HSBC are some of Adani's biggest investors.

Demands

The #StopAdani movement's demands of Adani's biggest investors are that they:

  1. Use their influence as Adani's biggest investors to demand that Adani abandon the Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project,
  2. If Adani refuses to abandon the project, then commit publicly to cease and withdraw investments from Adani Ports, Adani Enterprises, Atulya Resources, the Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project, and the North Queensland Export Terminal.

Already Happening

Already seven major investors have pulled their money out of Adani because of coal and climate concerns. These include:

  1. Carnegie, June 2020, “An example of a company that has been avoided for environmental reasons is Adani Ports”. Source
  2. Danske Bank, September 2020, Restrictions prohibiting investment in Adani Ports and Adani’s North Queensland Export Terminal due to the company’s “climate change contribution and harmful environmental practices”. Source
  3. SPP, January 2021, “The following companies are excluded from all SPP Fonder’s funds in agreement with SPP’s sustainability criteria – Serious environmental and climate damage”. List includes Adani Ports. Source
  4. PIMCO, March 2021, PIMCO banned future investment in Adani Ports bonds and clarified that it did not participate in the January 2021 bond issue, due to links to the Carmichael coal project. Source
  5. SwedBank, April 2021, Excluded Adani Ports due to its connection to fossil fuels. Source
  6. Samsung Asset Management, June 2021 "the fund no longer owns Adani Ports shares and has no plan to repurchase the shares. Overall, Samsung Asset Management clearly has no intention to support Adani’s coal project” Source
  7. Storebrand, June 2021, stated it had dumped its Adani Ports shares due to “our sustainability criteria related to coal" Source

Key Updates

Violating Human Rights:

Coal and Climate Change:

 


Latest Updates

August 2021

  • Adani's most recent annual reports confirmed Adani is propping up its Australian coal operations with massive inter-company loans. The two main Adani Australian subsidiaries responsible for the Carmichael Mine and Rail Projects borrowed over AU$4 billion from other Adani Group companies in the last year. As detailed in the excerpts below, AU$1.31 billion of the loans were interest bearing and denominated in US dollars and Euros - suggesting this money has come from loans from external lenders that Adani has subsequently directed into the Carmichael Coal Project.  Anyone investing in any Adani company is at risk of funding Adani’s Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project.


  • Adani purchased another 3 coal mining blocks and another coal-fired power station in India, adding to its already massive coal expansion plans. Adani has been the most aggressive bidder in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s auction of new coal blocks - undermining Adani’s nonsensical claims about being a company in transition.

  • Ratings agency Moody’s downgraded the outlook of Adani’s North Queensland Export Terminal (formerly Abbot Point) to negative due to environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. Moody’s said the change to the outlook was particularly due to the “rising refinancing risk” associated with the coal terminal’s US$500 million bond which matures in December 2022. “Refinance risk is being heightened by reduced appetite from creditors for coal investments due to ESG considerations,” it stated.

  • Journalists revealed that some of Adani's biggest shareholders are, in fact, four obscure and opaque funds in Mauritius - a notorious tax haven - each with a sordid history of investing in firms that have defaulted, or been probed for serious financial crimes. Share prices of Adani Group companies plummeted after media reported that the accounts of three of these offshore investors had been frozen. Opposition parties have called for a government probe into the offshore funds to find out if they are being used as a shell for Adani’s own money.

July 2021

April 2021

  • Adani Ports was removed from the Dow Jones Sustainability Index over its business ties to the Myanmar military.  In March a report by the Australian Centre for International Justice (ACIJ) and Justice For Myanmar (JFM) exposed Adani Ports’ deepening ties with the Myanmar military, despite the escalating human rights crisis in Myanmar after the military led a violent coup on 1 February toppling the democratically elected civilian government. Adani Ports has partnered with the Myanmar military-owned company Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC) to build a port in Yangon, and paid the MEC tens of millions of dollars. Adani Ports ‘categorically denied’ engaging with Myanmar military leadership before photo and video evidence emerged of Adani Ports’ CEO Karan Adani meeting with sanctioned senior military general Min Aung Hlaing, an accused war criminal, and exchanging gifts.

    The UN Independent Fact-Finding Mission Report in 2019 warned investments in companies who partner with the Myanmar Economic Corporation can help finance the Myanmar military. Adani Ports investors and bond arrangers must immediately divest from Adani Ports or risk being complicit in grave human rights abuses.
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