May 09, 2022
Anil Agarwal-promoted Vedanta has emerged as the best bidder for bankrupt Athena Chhattisgarh Power Ltd, outbidding Naveen Jindal’s Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL) in an public sale course of that ran for 28 hours, two folks conscious of the event informed ET.
Resources conglomerate Vedanta’s ultimate supply of ₹565 crore was a lot larger than the staggered fee of ₹400 crore it had supplied below the company insolvency and determination course of (CIRP). The public sale course of, which began on the morning of May 6, ended the subsequent day, the folks stated.
The Hyderabad National Company Law Tribunal ordered the liquidation of the thermal energy mission in May 2021 after the requisite majority of lenders rejected a plan submitted by Vedanta Ltd providing staggered fee of ₹400 crore over a interval of 5 years. The tribunal has ordered the sale of the thermal firm as an ongoing course of.
RBSA Advisors, which acted as transaction advisors to the decision skilled (RP), declined to remark. Vedanta and JSPL didn’t reply to ET’s request for feedback.
Vedanta’s bid of ₹565 crore is 16% larger than the ₹485.3 crore reserve worth set for the public sale. The public sale strategy of the Athena Chhattisgarh Power began in December 2021 with a reserve worth of Rs 1,503 crore, as per the primary public sale discover. However, because the liquidator didn’t obtain any bids within the preliminary rounds, it was lowered with each successive public sale.
The liquidator Kumar Rajan, backed by RBSA, has admitted claims of ₹12,049 crore from secured lenders, workers, the state, and merchants.
Both Vedanta and JSPL had been eyeing Athena Chhattisgarh for captive functions given the scarcity of energy provide.
“The acquisition of this stressed power plant shall augur well for the revival of private sector interest in the power sector, which has been plagued with challenges including discom stress, availability of coal and lower power tariffs,” stated Mitali Shah, managing director of RBSA Advisors.
The partially accomplished thermal energy plant has two items of 600 MW every. The coal requirement, estimated at 5.26 MTPA, can be procured from close by coal blocks – Fatehpur East Block – SECL mines, stated folks conscious of the event.
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