Lanco Thermal Power Receives Financial Entitlements Worth Rs 24,000 Crore

Among the 15-20 creditors to the company are Andhra Bank, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, Canara Bank, and IDBI Bank, sources said

August 20, 2019. By News Bureau

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Lanco Thermal Power has announced that it has acknowledged financial claims of Rs 24,000 crore, believed two people with direct understanding of the matter.

Among the 15-20 creditors to the company are Andhra Bank, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, Canara Bank, and IDBI Bank, sources said. The NCLT’s Hyderabad chapter acknowledged the case for insolvency proceedings on May 9 this year. Andhra Bank moved the petition under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.

Parveen Bansal, designated partner of Delhi-based AAA Insolvency Professionals LLP, was appointed the resolution professional. Bansal confirmed the quantum of financial claims. 

About 99% of the claims have been submitted by banks/financial institutions marked as indirect lenders, which extended loans to holding, subsidiary and associate companies. Most of these companies are undergoing insolvency process or are under liquidation. Direct lenders, with 1% of the claims, loaned funds to the holding company.

“The corporate debtor secured these loans by extending corporate guarantee or by pledge of share investments,” an executive linked to the resolution process said. Lanco Thermal Power also invested in a 10MW hydel plant located in Himachal Pradesh.

With no single bidder officially submitting any interest to buy all the assets, lenders may have to wait for liquidation to receive their dues. Bids were sought on July 24. “Preliminary interest has been shown by investors for submission of expression of interest. Nothing can be said at this stage about their seriousness for investments,” Bansal said.

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