Aborting the plan from Reliance Communications to amalgamate with Aircel is step back for the Anil Ambani-controlled company since it was vital to slash debt, claimed Moody’s Investors Service this week to the media.
Aircel and RCom in September last year had inked a binding contract to amalgamate their mobile commerce. But, last week, RCom declared that the contract had lapsed due to regulatory and legal uncertainties, delays in receiving pertinent endorsements, and opposition by interested parties. “Termination of the amalgamation is a step back for RCom since the merger was important to a debt lowering plan that the company decided with its lenders and which also comprised removal of tower assets,” said Moody’s to the media.
RCom has claimed that it carries on pursuing the sale of its tower possessions, even though it did not give an update on the procedure. Aircel, an element of Malaysia-located Maxis Communications Bhd, and RCom, were due to conclude the amalgamation this year to make fourth-largest telecom company in the country.
While Aircel was one of the many possible dealings that Ambani was forcing for to lower debt of RCom, the firm claimed last week that it will think of a substitute plan to slash debt, which comprises trading and sharing of its airwaves or spectrum capitalized at almost Rs 19,000 Crore. Monetizing its real estate, fiber and tower businesses are also below deliberation.
“Together with the amalgamation, RCom anticipated its debt to turn down by Rs 14,000 Crore with the transport of bank loan and Rs 6,000 Crore of spectrum accountabilities to the fresh amalgamated body.
“Since the merger has been unsuccessful, debt levels of RCom will stay elevated and leverage, as calculated by accustomed debt/EBITDA, will stay on top of 9.0x,” Moody’s claimed further. The reported debt of RCom at March 31, 2017, summed Rs 45,700 Crore comprising a USD 350 Million senior tenable bond subjected by its 100% controlled subsidiary, GCX Limited that is due on August 1, 2019, in addition to a USD 300 Million senior tenable bond due on November 6, 2020.
Well, let us see what is written in the fate of the company.