Post-default, Suzlon Energy gets relief as lenders agree to Rs 11,000 cr debt recast
The world's fifth largest wind turbine maker, which had last month defaulted on the redemption of its USD 221 million foreign currency convertible bonds (FCCBs), had a fully secured gross debt of Rs 14,568 crore on its book as of the July-September quarter, taking its debt to 4 times the equity.
At the end of the quarter, its net debt stood at Rs 13,604 crore and a cash balance of Rs 964 crore, according to the balance sheet statement.
"The lenders led by SBI have agreed to consider our Rs 11,000-crore CDR proposal and we hope to conclude the deal in the next few months," a top Suzlon official said on the condition of anonymity.
SBI could not be reached for comments, nor SBI Caps which is drafting the CDR plan.
Most of the 20 lenders to the debt-laden Pune-based company are state-run banks and SBI has an exposure of around Rs 3,500 crore.
The other lenders include IDBI Bank, Bank of Baroda, Axis Bank, Punjab National Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Central Bank of India, Yes Bank, and State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur among others.
Last month, the SBI had suggested merger of Suzlon's profitable German subsidiary REpower with the group to improve profitability and deleverage its balance sheet.
The Tulsi Tanti-promoted company had sought the debt restructuring process late last month.
The official did not
Be the first to comment.