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  1. Does asset reconstruction of sick cos work? It has at Sakthi Sugars says Arcil. Here’s how it happened

Does asset reconstruction of sick cos work? It has at Sakthi Sugars says Arcil. Here’s how it happened

Asset Reconstruction Company of India (Arcil) on Friday said the business restructuring carried out by it at debt-laden Sakthi Sugars has been successful and the company, which failed in two successive CDRs, has a better future now.

By: | Mumbai | Updated: May 14, 2016 10:02 AM
Sugar stocks Arcil, the country’s oldest asset reconstruction company (ARC), bought 50% of Rs 1,100 crore loan that the sugar company had taken from five banks led by Bank of India and its internal teams started working on the restructuring from 2014. (Reuters)

Asset Reconstruction Company of India (Arcil) on Friday said the business restructuring carried out by it at debt-laden Sakthi Sugars has been successful and the company, which failed in two successive CDRs, has a better future now.

Tamil Nadu-based Sakthi Sugars owed Rs 1,100 crore to five banks.

“Our calculations even at the numbers below the current sugar prices seem to suggest that the restructuring which we have carried out will leave the company in a situation where the debt servicing capability is good and assured with a certain amount of buffer as well,” Arcil chief executive and managing director Vinayak Bahuguna said.

Arcil, the country’s oldest asset reconstruction company (ARC), bought 50% of Rs 1,100 crore loan that the sugar company had taken from five banks led by Bank of India and its internal teams started working on the restructuring from 2014.

“The objective was to restore the company to financial stability and solvency where it can regularly meet its debt obligations, protect and grow shareholder value,” he said.

As part of a three-pronged solution, Arcil wrote off a part of the bad debt, converted Rs 61 crore of its debt for a 19% equity and also refinanced one of the group companies which was given a loan by Sakthi Sugars, he said.

He did not disclose the extent of the debt write-off and refinance, but explained that one of the group companies, which is not into sugar business, was given a loan by the parent, which has now been refinanced for a period of four years, thereby helping the cash flows of Sakthi Sugars.

Sakthi Sugars had failed the CDR twice, in 2009 and 2013, and Arcil has time till 2022 to be with the company and may exit its holding before that as well, he said.

When asked about what Arcil will get from the deal, he said, “Its fees, coupon on the loan and equity upside.”

Bahuguna said the strategy adopted by Arcil is a departure from the way ARCs are operating, where they focus only on the recoveries and do not implement such an exercise of restoring value in a business.

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