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Lenders demand more collateral from Reliance Group's promoter entities

The maximum fall in the group's shares has been witnessed since early this month, after Reliance Communications declared it would move the NCLT

Dev Chatterjee & Jash Kriplani  |  Mumbai 

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Reliance Group Chairman Anil Ambani leaves after appearing before the Supreme Court in connection with a contempt petition | Photo: PTI

Lenders including private banks and mutual funds have asked Anil Ambani-controlled Reliance Group’s promoter entities to put more collateral on the table to secure their Rs 6,000-crore exposure. The margin calls first started in October last year when the Reliance Power stock began showing signs of weakness, according to a lender.

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The Anil Ambani group alleged last week that two of the 11 lenders — L&T Finance Holdings and Edelweiss — invoked the pledge and sold the company’s shares “illegally”, triggering a domino effect. The maximum fall in the group’s shares has been witnessed since early this month, after Reliance Communications declared it would move the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for debt resolution.

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“There was a meeting on February 6 between lenders and Reliance Group officials about additional cover. The group promised additional cover and we are still awaiting a response from them,” said an executive of one of the lenders on Tuesday.

Apart from L&T Finance and Edelweiss, STCI Finance also offloaded Reliance Group shares to recover part of their loans to the group.

An email sent to Reliance Group did not elicit any response. Calls made to the STCI Finance office went unanswered.

“The margin call notices have gone in accordance with the agreements signed by the company. We would certainly like to know where the money was invested by these group entities,” said the executive.

On Monday, Reliance Group sent another letter to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), seeking immediate ban on various entities of the Edelweiss group from all capital market and related activities. It has called for action against Edelweiss Commodities Services, ECL Finance, Edelweiss Special Opportunities Fund, and Edelweiss Credit Opportunities Fund for selling the pledge shares of the group companies and also selling in futures segment.

First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 00:40 IST
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