Coffee Day Repays Rs 1,644 Crore To Lenders After Getting Sales Proceeds Of Tech Park
VG Siddhartha is the founder of Coffee Day Enterprises, which runs the Cafe Coffee Day chain of coffee shops in India. (Photographer: Karen Dias/Bloomberg)

Coffee Day Repays Rs 1,644 Crore To Lenders After Getting Sales Proceeds Of Tech Park


Coffee Day Enterprises Ltd. has repaid Rs 1,644 crore to its 13 lenders after concluding a deal with Blackstone Group to sell its technology business park, the company said on Friday.

With the repayment, the Coffee Day’s debt has come down to around Rs 3,200 crore from Rs 4,900 crore earlier. The company has been paring debt through the sale of non-core assets after the death of its promoter V G Siddhartha. Coffee Day in September last year had announced the sale of its Global Village Tech Park in Bengaluru to global investment firm Blackstone and realty firm Salarpuria Sattva at an enterprising value of Rs 2,700 crore.

It has received the first tranche of Rs 2,000 crore from the deal. Out of the money received in first tranche, the company has paid-off its debts in full including principal and interest amounting to Rs 1,644 crore, to the lenders, despite difficult economic conditions, CDEL said in a regulatory filing. Axis Bank Ltd., Standard Chartered, Piramal, Yes Bank Ltd., RBL Bank Ltd., Bajaj Finance Ltd., and Indiabulls are among the lenders who have received the full money.

Coffee Day expects the balance amount to be received after the receipt of few statutory approvals of the deal. Post this payment, the consolidated debt of the company and its subsidiaries stands at Rs 3,200 crore as on March 27, 2020, it added. This includes debt of Rs 1,400 crore of its subsidiary, Sical Logistics Ltd, where the disinvestment process is in progress, it added.

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The company and subsidiaries have repaid around Rs 4,000 crore to the lenders since the beginning of this financial year. Coffee Day paid full principal and interest to all the lenders on Friday even as the economic activity and credit markets have reached a grinding halt following the Covid-19 crisis. This would be the largest M&A deal closure in a frozen market, said a company spokesperson. The company's overall debt stood at Rs 7,200 crore at the beginning of the current financial year.

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