Jaypee Infra’s Promoter Makes Second Attempt To Settle Dues

Jaypee Infra’s Promoter Makes Second Attempt To Settle Dues

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Crisis-hit Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. has once again submitted a proposal to lenders of its subsidiary Jaypee Infratech Ltd. for settling dues worth Rs 10,000 crore, amid bids for taking over the realty firm under the insolvency process.

This is the second time in less than a year that Jaiprakash Associates sought to retain control of the cash-strapped subsidiary. The latest offer also comes close on the heels of state-owned NBCC and realty firm Suraksha group putting in bids for Jaypee Infratech.

“The promoter Jaiprakash Associates also submitted a settlement proposal under Section 12A of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 for consideration of the committee of creditors,” Jaypee Infratech said in a regulatory filing.

However, it did not disclose the details of settlement proposal. This section provides for withdrawal of bankruptcy application subject to certain conditions.

In April last year, Jaiprakash Associates had made an unsolicited offer of about Rs 10,000 crore to settle dues of Jaypee Infratech.

Meanwhile, lenders of Jaypee Infratech in a meeting on Monday decided to negotiate with NBCC and Suraksha group. Both made presentations before the committee of creditors.

Jaypee Group promoters were also called in the meeting.

In 2017, the National Company Law Tribunal admitted the application by an IDBI Bank-led consortium seeking resolution of Jaypee Infratech.

The tribunal had appointed Anuj Jain as insolvency resolution professional to manage the company’s business and invite bids from investors. This is the second attempt by the resolution professional and lenders to complete insolvency process.

In the first round, the Rs 7,350-crore bid of Lakshdeep, part of Suraksha group, was rejected by lenders as it was found to be substantially lower than the company’s net worth and assets.

According to sources, NBCC in its bids has promised to deliver flats to homebuyers in four years. It has also offered 1,400 acre land worth Rs 6,000 crore as well as Yamuna Expressway highway to lenders.

NBCC has suggested that banks should raise about Rs 2,000 crore against the expressway and provide half of the amount (Rs 1,000 crore) to the PSU, which will utilise this fund as an upfront payment. NBCC will also fund the gap of about Rs 1,500 crore between estimated construction cost and receivables from customers.

In contrast, Suraksha group has made an offer of about Rs 20 crore as upfront payment and land worth Rs 5,000 crore, sources said. The Mumbai-based group has promised to complete pending projects in three years.

In October 2018, the IRP started a fresh initiative to revive Jaypee Infratech on the NCLT direction after lenders rejected the over Rs 7,000-crore bid of Suraksha group.

The realty firm has an outstanding debt of nearly Rs 9,800 crore, of which Rs 4,334 crore pertains to IDBI Bank. Other lenders are IIFCL, LIC, SBI, Corporation Bank, Syndicate Bank, Bank Of Maharashtra, ICICI Bank, Union Bank, IFCI, J&K Bank, Axis Bank and Srei Equipment Finance.

Jaypee Infratech is developing about 32,000 flats, of which it has delivered 9,500 units. Jaiprakash Associates had submitted Rs 750 crore in the registry of the Supreme Court for refund to buyers. However, this amount was transferred to the NCLT as per an order of the apex court.

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