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Religare Finvest skips April installment to banks; proposes debt resolution plan

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Finvest Limited (RFL) failed to pay installment of principal amount on its in April and has proposed a resolution plan (RP) to banks, according to a statement Wednesday.

The group company has been going through difficult times in the recent past on account of mismanagement and misappropriation of funds orchestrated by the erstwhile promoters, RFL said in a release.

This has resulted in the RBI putting RFL under a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) in January 2018.

"However, given the inherent asset-liability mismatch, RFL has proposed a resolution plan (RP) to streamline its liability profile," it said, adding that the reference date for the RP is April 1, 2019.

The banks are in the process of seeking internal approval for the RP, it added.

"As per the RP from the reference date, RFL is in a standstill arrangement and is required to service only interest. The principal installments will be restructured to align with asset maturity profile. In line with this RP, RFL did not pay the banks the principal installments falling due during April 2019," the company said.

However, RFL said it had adequate funds from its operations to meet the April installment.

RFL said despite the RBI action, it has made principal repayments and interest payments of over Rs 4,400 crore till end of March 2019 and banks and financial institutions were kept current by that time.

Further, it said the rating agencies have considered non-payment of the April principal installment as a technical default and downgraded its rating to D (ICRA: from BB to D, Fitch: Long term - from B+ to D and Tier 2 from B+ to C).

As a part of RP, banks have separately appointed two rating agencies for rating the entire RP and the same would be applicable once the plan is implemented.

"The operations and financial position of the other group companies, Housing Development Corporation Limited and are not affected by the impact of this development in RFL and both are current with all the banks, without any delay in servicing," it said.

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First Published: Wed, May 08 2019. 19:50 IST