Nayara Energy Ltd, formerly known as Essar Oil, today said it has raised Rs 2,400 crore through a maiden non-convertible debenture (NCD) issue in the domestic market to meet working capital needs and refinance existing debt.
Nayara, owned by Russia's Rosneft and Trafigura-UCP, saw its Rs 1,500 crore issue being over-subscribed by 60 per cent, the company said in a statement.
"The proceeds of the issue (Rs 2,400 crore) will be utilized mainly towards working capital requirements and refinancing of existing debt of the company," it said without giving details.
Last year in August, Russian oil major Rosneft acquired 49.13 per cent equity stake and Kesani Enterprises (a consortium of Trafigura group and UCP PE Investments) purchased 49.13 per cent stake in Nayara Energy, along with captive port and power assets from Essar group at an Enterprise Value of USD 12.9 billion.
"Pursuant to this equity transaction, the credit rating of the company was enhanced by multiple notches reflecting parentage of strong shareholders, independent and empowered board, experienced management team, de-risking of operations owing to integration of assets, significant improvement in assets and liability profile and refinancing of long-term debt with elongated maturity profile at competitive interest cost," the statement said.
The response to the maiden issuance "demonstrated the confidence and appetite of institutional investors for NCDs of Nayara Energy," it added.
Commenting on the development, chief executive B Anand termed the event as a landmark in history of the company, being its first issue in the Indian debt capital market.
"The oversubscription of the issue shows the confidence of investors in renewed identity of the Company," he said.
Nayara Energy owns India's second largest single site refinery at Vadinar, Gujarat with a current capacity of 20 million tonnes per annum. It also has over 4,500 petrol pumps spread across 28 states and 4 Union Territories.
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