LM: DHFL seeks a ₹15,000-crore lifeline as resolution plan gets delayed

11 August 2019: Troubled mortgage lender Dewan Housing Finance (DHFL) has sought ₹15,000-crore immediate funding from banks for on-lending to retail customers as well as to project developers, say sources.

Last week, the nearly crippled company had submitted a draft resolution plan to lenders which are yet to be approved by them.

“The company has asked for an additional funding of ₹15,000 crore. The money will be used to fund viable projects that are stuck due to lack of money,” said one of the sources.

When contacted, a DHFL spokesperson said it did not have any comment to offer apart from what it has informed the stock exchanges last week on the draft resolution plan.

Under the draft resolution plan, the company has asked for funds from banks/NHB for restarting retail funding which was stopped after liquidity crisis hit it late year.

According to sources, the decision on any additional or the quantum of funding will be taken only after due deliberations by lenders.

The beleaguered home financier, which has defaulted on multiple times on payment to bondholders since June owes close to ₹90,000 crore to banks, the National Housing Bank (NHB) and other creditors.

Last month, lenders had signed an inter-creditor agreement (ICA), as mandated by the Reserve Bank in the new NPA resolution/recognition framework effective June 7.

However, the company had said one of its debenture – trustees Catalyst Trusteeship Servicesis in the process of seeking consent from the debenture holders to be a party to the ICA.

In a separate filing to exchanges on 8 August, the company said it may not be able to meet its financial obligations in the near future.

“Given the ongoing discussions on the resolution plan with the lenders who have signed the ICA, we believe that our payment obligations falling due in the immediate future, may not be met as per their existing schedule,” the company informed the exchanges.

It has been facing liquidity issue since last September and has back paid ₹41,000 crore of its financial obligations through a combination of securitization of assets and repayment collections since.

The Wadhawan family, who owns a little over 39 per cent, has been looking at various ways to come out of the stress which first came to light late last year following the IL&FS bankruptcy. These include selling stakes in group entities, including in the flagship to the extent of giving up half of their stake.

DHFL has seen a rash of rating downgrades in June after it defaulted on ₹1,150 crore to its bond-holders due on June 4. This led to a downgrade of its ₹850-crore commercial papers to ‘default’ by three rating agencies.

The LiveMint reported



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