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IL&FS sells 50% stake in GIFT City to Gujarat govt

The stake sale was approved by the NCLT in April 2020

IL&FS, Gujarat International Finance Tec-City, GIFT City, Gujarat government, National Company Law Tribunal, NCLT, Gujarat Urban Development Company, GUDCL, Committee of creditors, International financial services city, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar

IL&FS has completed the sale of its 50% stake in the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City) to the Gujarat government for Rs 32.71 crore.

The stake sale will help the group reduce its debt by Rs 1,230 crore. The group’s current outstanding debt is around Rs 94,000 crore. IL&FS has duly received Rs 32.71 crore as equity value for shares as a sale consideration.

The stake sale was approved by the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) in April 2020. The stake in GIFT City was bought by Gujarat Urban Development Company (GUDCL) on behalf of the Gujarat government. GUDCL, as the joint venture (JV) partner and the owner of the balance 50% stake in GIFTCL, offered to purchase IL&FS’s share in GIFTCL through exercise of a contemplated right of first refusal under the joint venture agreement.

As per the resolution framework for IL&FS Group, the offer by GUDCL was placed before the committee of creditors (CoC) of the group for its approval. Almost 80.09% (by value) of the CoC voted in favour of the proposal.

GIFTCL is engaged in the business of real estate development and developing an international financial services city in the Ahmedabad- Gandhinagar region, including design, development, financing, operation and maintenance of the same.

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