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IFCI seeks buyers for INR 1,670 crore exposure to Uttarakhand power plant

Power News - Published on Mon, 18 Feb 2019

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Financial Express reported that IFCI on Wednesday sought bids to offload its debt and equity exposure of INR 1,670 crore to Uttarakhand-based Sravanthi Energy. The sale is being held as per the Swiss challenge method, based on an existing offer in hand worth INR 427.50 crore for the debt and equity exposure.

IFCI’s outstanding debt exposure to the project stood at INR 1,529.18 crore at the end of January, while the face value of its equity exposure was INR 140.72 crore. Phase-I of the project, with a capacity of 225 megawatts (MW), is fully operational, while Phase-II, having an equivalent capacity, is around 85% complete physically, IFCI said in a sale document.

The lender said in the sale document that “The asset offered for sale consists of multiple project term loans and equity investments and their related security interest on pari-passu basis or otherwise, accrued interest, guarantee and fee, and other associated rights and privileges, if any. The sale will be on ‘as-is-where-is and what-is-where-is basis’ and without any recourse to IFCI.”

In November 2016, SBI Capital Markets (SBICaps) had issued a proposal for sale of lenders’ 51% stake in Sravanthi Energy’s Uttarakhand plant. The other lenders to the project, as per a presentation by SBICaps, were Axis Bank, Canara Bank, Punjab National Bank, Indian Overseas Bank and two of the erstwhile associates of State Bank of India.

The project had been facing financial stress due to a delay in commissioning and the unavailability of gas, as per the presentation. The company had defaulted in servicing interest and principal repayment, after which the consortium of lenders, led by IFCI, converted debt worth INR 185.33 crore to equity under the Reserve Bank of India’s strategic debt restructuring scheme in 2015.

Assets in the power sector have been a cause for concern for banks for some time now as lack of power purchase agreements (PPAs) and other structural issues have led to many of these projects turning unviable and kept new investors away.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 18 Feb 2019
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