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Modi’s IBC masterstroke: As Bhushan Steel puts Rs 36,400 core in banks’ kitty; India winning NPA war

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Published: May 19, 2018 11:52:29 AM

India’s NPA war: With the major Rs 36,400 crore buyout of debt-ridden Bhushan Steel by a Tata Group company and many more to come under the Narendra Modi-led government’s IBC reform, India’s gains a strong footing in its war against NPAs.

“Congrats to PM Narendra Modi ji and Arun Jaitley ji for a historic breakthrough in resolving legacy issues of Banks,? Piyush Goyal tweeted.

India’s NPA war: With the major Rs 36,400 crore buyout of debt-ridden Bhushan Steel by a Tata Group company and many more to come under the Narendra Modi-led government’s IBC reform, India’s gains a strong footing in its war against NPAs. Notably, Bhushan Steel was the largest account in among RBI’s 12 big accounts identified for an immediate resolution. These 12 accounts, constituting 25% of country’s total bad loans, were subsequently admitted by insolvency court National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).

Describing the development as historic historic breakthrough” in resolving bad loans of banks, interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said that this is a record step towards resolving the legacy of unprecedented amount of bad bank loans inherited by this Government. “Congrats to PM @narendramodi ji & @arunjaitley ji for a historic breakthrough in resolving legacy issues of Banks. Lenders recovered almost entire principal loan of Bhushan Steel through Rs 36,400 cr transparent bid by Tata Steel and also got 12% stake in the company,” he tweeted.

Notably, Bamnipal Steel, (BNPL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Steel, has successfully completed the acquisition of controlling stake of 72.65 per cent in Bhushan Steel Ltd (BSL) for around Rs 36,400 crore, according to a statement by Tata Steel. Further, the firm has received all government clearances in acquiring Bhushan Steel. “Lenders recovered almost entire principal loan of Bhushan Steel through Rs 36,400 crore transparent bid by Tata Steel and also got 12 per cent stake in the company,” Piyush Goyal noted in another tweet.

The acquisition signals a major breakthrough in India’s NPA war, as  the recovery amount is over 90 per cent of the principal amount, according to a tweet by principal economic advisory in the finance ministry Sanjeev Sanyal. Following this, now the focus will shift on other major accounts in bid to recover over Rs 1 lakh crore. Things seem to be moving in a steady pace, as VTB-led Numetal, a prominent bidder for in debt-laden Essar Steel has said that they have made a bid of Rs 37,000 crore in the second round of bidding for the bankrupt steel company while pleading that the court should order the lenders to scrap the first round.

Following this resolution, now the focus will be on other major cases such as Amtek Auto which has a loan default of Rs 14,074 crore in which the UK-based Liberty House has emerged biggest bidder. Notably, the firm has asked the top court to decide on the matter.

Other accounts under bidding are Monnet Ispat and Energy for Rs 12,115 crore and Jaypee Infratech Rs 9,635 crore. The total amount of NPAs expected to be resolved soon adds up to over Rs 1 lakh crore, which the banks might not have seen again.

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