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Delay in resolution plan: DHFL seeks a Rs 15,000-crore lifeline

PTI Mumbai | Updated on August 11, 2019 Published on August 11, 2019

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DHFL owes close to Rs 90,000 crore to banks, the NHB and other creditors

Sources said that Dewan Housing Finance (DHFL) has sought an immediate funding of Rs 15,000-crore from banks for on-lending to retail customers as well as to project developers.

Last week, the nearly-crippled company had submitted a draft resolution plan to lenders which are yet to be approved by them.

“The company has asked for an additional funding of Rs 15,000 crore. The money will be used to fund viable projects that are stuck due to lack of money,” said one of the sources.

When contacted, a DHFL spokesperson said it did not have any comment to offer apart from what it has informed the stock exchanges last week on the draft resolution plan.

Under the draft resolution plan, the company has asked for funds from banks/National Housing Bank (NHB) for restarting retail funding which was stopped after liquidity crisis hit it late year.

According to sources, the decision on any additional or the quantum of funding will be taken only after due deliberations by lenders.

The beleaguered home financier, which has defaulted on multiple times on payment to bondholders since June owes close to Rs 90,000 crore to banks, the NHB and other creditors.

The background

Last month, lenders had signed an inter-creditor agreement (ICA), as mandated by the Reserve Bank (RBI) in the new NPA resolution/recognition framework effective June 7.

However, the company had said one of its debenture - trustees Catalyst Trusteeship Servicesis in the process of seeking consent from the debenture holders to be a party to the ICA.

In a separate filing to exchanges on August 8, the company said it may not be able to meet its financial obligations in the near future.

“Given the ongoing discussions on the resolution plan with the lenders who have signed the ICA, we believe that our payment obligations falling due in the immediate future, may not be met as per their existing schedule,” the company informed the exchanges.

It has been facing liquidity issue since last September and has back paid Rs 41,000 crore of its financial obligations through a combination of securitization of assets and repayment collections since.

The Wadhawan family, who owns a little over 39 per cent, has been looking at various ways to come out of the stress which first came to light late last year following the IL&FS bankruptcy. These include selling stakes in group entities, including in the flagship to the extent of giving up half of their stake.

DHFL has seen a rash of rating downgrades in June after it defaulted on Rs 1,150 crore to its bond-holders due on June 4. This led to a downgrade of its Rs 850-crore commercial papers to ‘default’ by three rating agencies.

Published on August 11, 2019
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