Lenders are considering a plan for resolution of McNally Bharat Engineering’s debt, which accounts for a chunk of the Williamson Magor Group’s dues, under Project Sashakt — a five-pronged strategy to resolve bad loans.
The engineering company has informed the stock exchanges that its board is evaluating the impact of the proposed resolution plan, the process for which was initiated by lenders under Project Sashakt within the ambit of RBI guidelines outside the National Company Law Tribunal.
A board meeting held on February 13, to consider and approve the unaudited financial results for the December quarter, was adjourned and will now be held on February 18.
According to Brickwork Ratings’ release of October 2018, McNally’s debt stood at Rs 3,282 crore and its tangible net worth was Rs 134 crore as of March 31, 2018. Total debt of the group in March was Rs 4,200 crore, according to sources.
However, sources indicated that McNally’s debt had been brought down to around Rs 1,500 crore through realisations by September. “Project Sashakt was being discussed by lenders and it was being considered positively,” they said.
The resolution plan will, however, have to get positive rating from two rating agencies. Bank of India is the lead bank in the consortium.
McNally is engaged in providing turnkey solutions in areas like power, steel, alumina, material handling, mineral beneficiation, coal washing, ash handling and disposal, port cranes, and civic and industrial water supply.
Incorporated in 1961, McNally was a joint venture between McNally Pittsburg and Bird & Co. In 1980, it was acquired by the Williamson Magor Group. The group has been paring debt across group companies.
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