Corporate giant Reliance Industries' Chief Mukesh Ambani on Friday announced that the company would become debt-free in the current financial year.
Announcing a bullish stance on the company's financial position, the Chairman and MD said that RIL would become debt-free on a net basis in the current 2011-12 fiscal.
RIL had outstanding debt of Rs 67,397 crore ($15.1 billion) as of March 31, 2011, as against Rs 62,495 crore ($13.9 billion) a year ago.
At the same time, RIL had cash and cash-equivalents of Rs 42,393 crore ($9.5 billion) as on March 31 this year, which was nearly double the level seen a year ago.
These were mainly in fixed deposits, certificate of deposits with banks, mutual funds and government securities/bonds.
Addressing the company's shareholders at its 37th AGM here, Ambani said that RIL's enterprise value stood at about $75 billion.
He said that RIL's revenue has grown by 28% on year-on-year basis over the past 33 years since its IPO, while profit and market capitalisation have grown by 33% on an average every year during this period.