RCom seems to have hit a dead end with Rs 45,000 crore debt, which is 9 times company's EBDITA, and the company has "no scope" to shed it.
Three years after the death of Dhirubhai Ambani, in 2005, the bitter battle between his two sons, Mukesh Ambani and Anil Ambani, led to the separation of the Reliance empire. In the family settlement, younger brother Anil Ambani got the control of Reliance Communications — a subsidiary of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group.
Nearly 12 years later, RCom seems to have hit a dead end with Rs 45,000 crore debt, which, according to Bloomberg, is 9 times company’s EBDITA, and the company has “no scope” to shed it. On Wednesday, Fitch refused to change its rating of RCom from the lowest category which it had given in June.
Here’s what is happening in Anil Ambani’s debt-ridden RCom:
1. RCom is reeling under a total debt of Rs 45,000 crore. Of this, Rs 25,000 crore is domestic debt and remaining Rs 20,000 crore is in the form of foreign loans and bonds. RCom classified Rs 22,550 crore of borrowings as non-current liabilities.
2. RCom posted its first full-year loss of Rs 1,285 crore since its inception for the year ended March 31, 2017.
3. The entry of Reliance Jio in the telecom market magnified RCom’s misery.
4. In June this year, RCom got a seven-month breather from its lenders as part of a strategic debt restructuring (SDR) scheme. RCom said it would repay its Rs 25,000 crore debt from two merger deals with Aircel and Brookfield of Rs 14,000 crore and Rs 11,000 crore respectively, which Bloomberg called “summer sale”.
“The Reliance ADAG is turning into a summer sale as Anil Ambani is trying to offload road assets, an undersea cable business and prime real estate in Mumbai and New Delhi, on top of divesting the phone transmission towers and merge wireless operations with Aircel,” Bloomberg said in a report.
5. A consortium of RCom lenders reportedly denies company’s demand for Rs 600 crore of additional credit.
6. RCom’s merger with Aircel called off due to “legal and regulatory uncertainties”, and along with that plan of repaying Rs 14,000 crore of debt also collapsed.
7. RCom’s merger with Brookfield hangs in balance as the latter wants to renegotiate the price at lower than agreed Rs 11,000 due to lack of additional Aircel tenancies.
8: RCom announces shutting down its DTH services and 2G mobile operations by November 16 and November 30. Around 1,200 RCom employees are reportedly going to lose their jobs.
9. As the December deadline is close by, the company announced other plans to repay its debt — converting Rs 7,000 crore debt into 51% equity and handing over to banks. The company claimed that under the new plan there will be zero write-off for the lenders. As on Monday, RCom’s market valuation stood at Rs 3,900 crore only.
10: RCom said the company will be raising another Rs 17,000 crore to repay the debt through the asset sale. Of this, the company will raise around Rs 10,000 crore through the sale and commercial development of real estate assets.