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Lenders take 94% haircut in Synergies insolvency

Synergies-Dooray's acquirer Synergies Castings to pay Rs 54 cr to creditors of dues of Rs 900 cr

Veena Mani & Abhijit Lele  |  New Delhi/Mumbai 

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The country’s first corporate resolution plan under the new and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) has caused a ripple in the banking and finance industry, with the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) permitting Synergies-Dooray Automotive to settle a minuscule amount of its liabilities.

Synergies-Dooray Automotive used to manufacture and supply aluminium alloy wheels to global carmakers.

The resolution plan states that the acquirer, Synergies Castings, would pay Rs 54 crore to its of its total dues of over Rs 900 crore, and that, too, at attractive terms. Of the Rs 54 crore, Rs 20-odd crore would be paid upfront and the remaining over five years, sources aware of the proceedings said.

The principal amount of the debt was Rs 215 crore, the source said. The remaining Rs 685 crore includes interest, statutory dues and payments to other

“If the assets of the company were to be liquidated, would have barely received an eighth of what they have got (about Rs 7 crore) in the current restructuring process,” the person said.

Kolkata-based Mamta Binani, who was the resolution professional for the case, had received plans from three entities — S.M.B. Ashes Industries, and Suias Industries. The resolution professional recommended Synergies Castings’ plan to the NCLT, which was accepted by the Hyderabad bench of the tribunal earlier this month. is a company related to Synergies-Dooray Automotive.

Burden of debt 

  • Of total dues of Rs 900 cr, the principal amount of debt was Rs 215 cr 
  • Remaining Rs 685 cr was interest, statutory dues and payments to other creditors
  • Synergies Dooray owes Rs 89.26 cr to Synergies Castings, Rs 122.06 cr to Alchemist ARC, Rs 86.92 cr to ARC and Rs 673.91 cr to Millennium Finance
  • Synergies-Dooray was one of the 93,000 cases pending with the BIFR
  • Synergies-Dooray’s case was one of the early cases to be filed with the NCLT

Synergies-Dooray Automotive owes Rs 89.26 crore to Synergies Castings, Rs 122.06 crore to Alchemist Asset Reconstruction Company (ARC), Rs 86.92 crore to ARC and Rs 673.91 crore to Millennium Finance.

ARC had taken over the debt from EXIM Bank, which had earlier pursued legal remedies to recover its loan from the company. Each of these lenders would take a 94 per cent haircut.

However, ARC has issues with the resolution plan. It had raised the issues with the earlier and said that Millennium Finance was wrongly included in the committee of creditors, and that it was a related party. Under the IBC, obligations and dues of related parties should not be considered in a resolution plan.

ARC is now planning to approach the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal challenging the order. An ARC executive was not available for comment.

Synergies-Dooray is one of the 93,000 cases that were pending with the Board for Industrial and Financial Restructuring (BIFR) and transferred to the under the IBC.

Synergies-Dooray’s case was one of the early cases to be filed with the under the code. The IBC allows a company to restructure itself in a time-bound fashion.

First Published: Fri, August 25 2017. 00:44 IST