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JSW, Tata Steel, Vedanta eye Bhushan Power

Seven entities express interest in firm undergoing insolvency process

Ishita Ayan Dutt  |  Kolkata 

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The hydrogen-based bell annealing furnace of Bhushan Power & Steel company at Sahibabad . Photo: Company website

JSW Steel, and are among the seven that have expressed interest in Bhushan Power & Steel, undergoing the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)-mandated
 
Apart from the three companies, a private equity player, an investor from the UAE, a mid-sized domestic steel company and the existing promoter, Sanjay Singal, have also submitted EOIs (expressions of interest).

 
The resolution professional for and head & partner, business restructuring vertical, BDO India LLP, Mahender Kumar Khandelwal, declined to comment. E-mails sent to and remained unanswered.
 
A spokesperson for said, "As a process, we do assess and evaluate various strategic opportunities for growth. This is an ongoing process in the company."
 
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Source: Capitaline; Compiled by BS Research Bureau
was on the list of 12 large non-performing accounts that the had recommended for insolvency proceedings under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). The other steel were Essar Steel, Bhushan Steel, Electrosteel Steels and Monnet Ispat & Energy.
 
The unlisted has a steel-making capacity of three million tonnes across Odisha, West Bengal and Chandigarh. A hot-rolled steel facility is in Odisha and cold-rolling facilities are in Kolkata and Chandigarh. Bhushan also has a captive power plant, a pellet plant and an iron ore beneficiation plant.
 
Bhushan’s debt in FY16 stood at Rs 37,248.26 crore, net sales were at Rs 7,699.81 crore and losses were at Rs 2,435.95 crore.
 
ran into trouble after its licences for iron ore and coal mines were cancelled. The company was allotted a coal mine, with reserves of around 250 million tonnes, but this was deallocated in 2014. The iron ore mines were committed by the Odisha government. Two mines were allocated in 2012 and 2014 after intervention of the Supreme Court . Subsequently, the amended Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act was passed in 2015. As a result, Bhushan’s iron ore mines were also cancelled.
 
After making a shortlist from the EOIs, an information memorandum will be circulated to the selected and bids for will be invited based on this. “Quite a few players have evinced interest in the company. But how many of them will finally bid remains to be seen,” said an industry source.
 
Among the that have submitted EOIs, and are looking to ramp up capacity and the ongoing has provided an opportunity to achieve their targets.
 
plans to double capacity in India to 26 million tonnes in the next five years.
 
JSW plans to take its capacity to 40 million tonnes from the current 18 million tonnes by 2030 through a mix of organic and inorganic operations. For Vedanta, steel would be an unchartered territory, if it does decide to bid. Resources Plc Chairman Anil Agarwal had recently told Business Standard the company would bid for stressed assets only if it ensured return on capital.

First Published: Mon, October 23 2017. 00:30 IST
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