Millennium Post (Kolkata)

IL&FS addresses `43K crore debt so far; expects to cross `51,000 crore by September

Group has further enhanced aggregate debt estimates of recovery to Rs 61K cr beyond Sept 2021


MUMBAI: Crisis-ridden Infrastruc­ture Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) on Thursday said it has addressed aggregate group debt of Rs 43,000 crore so far and expects to cross Rs 51,000 crore by September 2021.

The debt-laden group has further enhanced its estimates of aggregate debt recovery to Rs 61,000 crore beyond September 2021. Last year in October, the group had targeted to address Rs 50,300 crore of its overall debt by March 2021 and over Rs 56,000 crore by FY2022. The group’s overall debt stood at Rs 99,000 crore, as of October 2018.

The total money owed by IL&FS to financial creditors was Rs 1 lakh crore (including non-fund based exposures). As of today, we have broadly addressed about Rs 43,000 crore, which is roughly about 43-44 per cent of the total debt,” the Group’s Chairman Uday Kotak told reporters while sharing the quarterly update on the ongoing resolution process.

The aggregate addressed debt of Rs 43,000 crore comprises Rs 26,800 crore basis completed entity monetisati­on initiative­s and accrued cash balance, a Group release said.

The amount also includes Rs 14,350 crore of additional net recovery expected from resolution and restructur­ing applicatio­ns filed with and awaiting approval of the NCLT (Mumbai) and NCLAT and Rs 1,926 crore from the Supreme Court verdict passed in favour of Rapid Metro Gurgaon, it said.

It said the overall debt addressed is expected to cross Rs 51,000 crore by September 2021. Between now and September, 2021, we see this (Rs 43,000 crore of addressed debt) number going up in excess of Rs 50,000 crore. Thereafter, we are increasing our overall estimate of what we think we can resolve to Rs 61,000 crore, or close to 62 per cent, of the total debt, Kotak said.

The upgrade in potentiall­y addressabl­e debt by Rs 5,000 crore (to Rs 61,000 crore) has been largely on account of improved valuations, better operating performanc­e and enhanced recoveries from nongroup exposures, the Group said. It said Rs 8,000 crore of additional debt will be addressed by September 2021 through monetisati­on of stake in ONGC Tripura, Warora Chandrapur and Karyavatto­m Stadium; phase 2 of InvIT including five road SPVs (special purpose vehicles); and receipt of expected settlement claims from road authoritie­s for Khed Sinnar Expressway and Srinagar Sonmarg Tunnel.

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