NCLT okays Piramal’s offer for DHFL
- The decision of the Mumbai bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) is a blow to DHFL’s former promoter Kapil Wadhawan’s attempt to take over the stressed mortgage lender.
Piramal Capital and Housing Finance Ltd on Monday received a bankruptcy court’s approval to acquire Dewan Housing Finance Corp. Ltd (DHFL) for ₹37,250 crore, but with a few conditions.
The decision of the Mumbai bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) is a blow to DHFL’s former promoter Kapil Wadhawan’s attempt to take over the stressed mortgage lender.
“Resolution applicant’s amount to remain the same. Only inter-se allocation to be reconsidered. Following ruling in Essar Steel Ltd, expect gestures from committee of creditors (CoC). But cannot substitute their wisdom,” the Mumbai bench of the tribunal said.
The tribunal’s detailed order is awaited.
In its order, the tribunal asked DHFL’s CoC to consider giving more money to small fixed deposit holders.
The NCLT on Monday also ruled on National Housing Bank’s (NHB’s) exposure of ₹2,350 crore in DHFL in which it directed CoC to consider repaying NHB the full amount from the ongoing resolution process on a preferential basis.
The Piramal Group has offered ₹37,250 crore to DHFL’s creditors. This includes ₹12,700 crore in upfront cash, ₹3,000 crore in interest income on DHFL’s books and ₹19,550 crore worth of non-convertible debentures to be repaid over 10 years. While the group has bid for both the retail and wholesale business of DHFL, it is keen on the retail portfolio.
Going forward, Piramal Capital will decide on whether to absorb DHFL’s wholesale book, divest it or hive into a separate division. “We are committed to collaborating with all relevant authorities, regulators, creditors and investors involved in this resolution and look forward to a speedy culmination of the resolution process,” said Piramal Group in a statement post the court’s verdict.
Piramal Capital had received approvals from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) and the Reserve Bank for its bid to take over DHFL. Its resolution plan had received 94% votes from DHFL’s creditors.
Reacting to this appeal, CoC and the RBI-appointed administrator filed separate applications in the National Company Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) challenging NCLT’s order. In its appeal, the administrator termed the NCLT order as “illegal and in breach of settled provision of law”. The insolvency law prohibits the promoter of any bankrupt company from attempting to re-acquire it.