Vijay Mallya surprises Kingfisher Airlines staff, pays salaries even as CEO meets DGCA
The revision was done to facilitate the conversion of loans given to Kingfisher into convertible/no-convertible securities, as required by the debt recast agreement between the airline and a consortium of its lenders.
It can also be noted that last Tuesday, the lenders to the airline, which number as many as 17 banks which together had extended Rs 7,000 crore to the company, had resolved to recall their loans to the airline, which had been grounded since October one last, saying more than enough time was given to the management to revive the crippled airline.
The lenders consortium leader State Bank, which has an outstanding dud loan of over Rs 1,700 crore, had said as a first step, lenders would monetise the collaterals given to them from other group companies like Mangalore Fertilisers and the flagship United Spirits, in which 54 per cent has been sold to the British spirits major Diageo for around Rs 11,170 crore.
However, the UB Group has denied that it had given USL shares as collaterals to the lenders as well as the brand Kingfisher, which also covers its beer business.
The bankers are expecting to recover around Rs 1,000 crore from these securities before the end of this fiscal itself.
Yesterday, SBI chairman P Chaudhuri had said in Chennai that
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