The 4 bidders include the Adani Group, Piramal Enterprises, Oaktree of the US and SC LOVDHFL of Hong Kong, the first financial services company to be sent by the RBI to the NCLT’s insolvency process.
4 bidders including Adani Group and Piramal Enterprises have submitted bids to buy DHFL’s. October 17 was the last date for submission of the final bid. Sources said US company Oaktree and Hong Kong company SC Lowy submitted bids on the last day.
In November, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) referred DHFL to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for the insolvency process. DHFL is the first financial services company to be sent by RBI in the insolvency process of NCLT. It was sent to the LCLT process by RBI using the special powers given under Sections 227. Prior to being sent to NSLT, the company’s board was neutralized and R Subramaniakumar, who is also a resolution professional under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC).
The bid value of Oaktree is Rs 20,000 crore and Cash in Hand is Rs 10,000 crore.
According to sources, Oaktree has submitted bids for the entire company. Its bid value is Rs 20,000 crore and cash in hand is Rs 10,000 crore against the sanctioned liability of Rs 95,000 crore. Therefore, State Bank of India (SBI) led lenders will have to write off Rs 65,000 crore on accepting Oktree’s bid.
Adani bid for Rs 40,000 crore wholesale and slum rehabilitation authority portfolio
According to sources, the Adani Group has made a bid of Rs 3,000 crore for DHFL’s Rs 40,000 crore Wholesale and Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) portfolio. Piramal Enterprises has made a bid of Rs 12,000 crore for the retail portfolio of DHFL and has demanded an 18% yield. According to bankers, SC Lowy’s bid contains so many conditions that it is not expected to be considered.
SBI is the lead banker with an exposure of over Rs 10,000 crore.
Bankers believe that by resolving DHFL through NCLT, they will have to write off on a large scale and increase their NPA by more than Rs 60,000 crore. SBI is a lead banker with an exposure of over Rs 10,000 crore. LIC and EPFO will also have to write off about Rs 10,000 crore.
DHFL owed a debt of Rs 83,873 crore in July 2019
In July 2019, the company had debts of Rs 83,873 crore owed by banks, National Housing Board, mutual funds and bondholders. The government had given strength to the RBI on 15 November 2019 that it can send large financial services companies other than banks to NCLT for the insolvency process.
Many frauds occurred in DHFL
According to last month’s filing, Transaction Auditor Grant Thornton reported that DHFL had reported fraudulent amounts of Rs 17,394 crore during FY 07 to FY 19. Due to the fund diversion done by the promoters, the lenders had put the DHFL account in the category of fraud. Another fraud of Rs 12,705.53 crore was detected in the forensic audit. Grant Thornton was also diagnosed with a third fraud earlier this month. The third fraud was Rs 2,150.84 crore, which undervalued the value of the insurance subsidiary of DHFL.