JSPL averts loan default on agreement with lenders: Sources

India-based steel and energy company Jindal Steel and Power Ltd. (JSPL) avoided a default on its debt as it reached an agreement with lenders to refinance part of its debt under India’s 5/25 restructuring norms. The 5/25 scheme in India allows banks to extend long-term loans of 20-25 years to match the cash flow of projects, while refinancing them every five or seven years.

According to sources, lenders have agreed to restructure INR 2,500m (USD 377.3m) of its INR 450,000m (USD 6.7bn) debt, without disclosing further details.

Amongst others, lenders to JSPL are as follows:

  • Axis Bank
  • Bank of Maharashtra
  • EXIM Bank
  • HDFC Bank
  • Andhra Bank
  • Corporation Bank
  • Punjab and Sindh Bank

Sources: Moneycontrol

Fitch Ratings downgrades Tata Steel and its UK arm

Ratings agency Fitch downgraded India-based steel manufacturing company Tata Steel Ltd. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Tata Steel UK Holdings on declining profitability and a spike in leverage during FY 2016. It has placed the credit ratings of both entities on Rating Watch Evolving (RWE).

The downgrade reflects uncertainty regarding Tata Steel’s announcement of restructuring its portfolio which includes a potential partial / complete divestment of its UK operations. A partial or a complete exit from the UK operations would be a credit positive for the company, Fitch stated.

Weak demand and overcapacity, along with softening of commodity prices globally, has affected the company. Demand growth in India for nine months ending December 2015 was at 4.7%, met largely by rising imports. However, recent moves by the Indian government to implement a minimum import price followed by a 20% duty on imports has provided some relief to domestic steel producers, but prices have still remained 20% lower than the average for FY-15.

Softening steel prices were evident in Tata Steel’s earnings for the 9M-15 period which saw consolidated EBITDA per tonne decline 35% to about INR 7,400 per tonne from Rs 11,400 per tonne in FY15, hit by a Rs 7,150 per tonne fall in realisation.

Source: Business Standard