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HCC lenders initiate Rs 2,100 crore debt-asset carve-out

The tenure of the debt at the SPV will be up to 10 years

Hindustan Construction Company, Asset-liability mismatch, HCC, SPV

Hindustan Construction Company said its lenders have initiated a carve-out of about Rs 2,100 crore of debt to a third-party-controlled special purpose vehicle.

The move, it said, will significantly deleverage the company and address its asset-liability mismatch.

Lenders of HCC initiated a carve-out of about Rs 2,100 crore of debt to a third-party-controlled SPV along with certain arbitration awards and claims in a move that will significantly de-leverage the company and address its asset-liability mismatch.

"The debt, along with receivables comprising approximately an award cover of 1.0x and Claims under Arbitration of 1.5x, will move to an SPV controlled by a new investor," the company said.

The tenure of the debt at the SPV will be up to 10 years and repayments from the proceeds of the awards will yield an internal rate of return higher than current yields offered by HCC, it said.

The company said debt-asset carve-out, which will be in the nature of a slump sale, is subject to lenders' final approvals.

Lenders aim to seek their internal approvals and target to close the transaction prior to March 31, 2020. The company said it will also seek the requisite corporate approvals for the transaction.

The firm said on March 26, 2019, the company's board of directors had approved the monetisation of certain awards and claims through an SPV controlled by investors led by BlackRock, which was notified to the exchanges. Subsequently, shareholders' approval was taken to transfer awards and claims amounting to Rs 2,082 crore in exchange for a cash consideration of Rs 1,750 crore, it said.

HCC said it is still engaged in discussions with investors and a curtailed monetisation transaction with an investor-led consortium, subject to lenders' approvals, may also be pursued at a later stage.

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