Airtel to raise Rs 16.5k cr for refinancing huge debt, paying spectrum liabilities

| | New Delhi

Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Monday received approval from the board to raise up to Rs 16,500 crore for refinancing its huge debt and paying for spectrum liabilities.

The board of the company approved “issuance of non-convertible debentures (NCDs) of up to Rs 10,000 crore on a private placement basis” and “issuance of foreign currency bonds up to a limit of $1 billion or equivalent in one or more tranches”, Airtel said in a regulatory filing.

The NCDs of up to Rs 10,000 crore can be raised in tranches or a series at rates may be approved from time to time.

“Any funds if raised from the issuance of aforesaid debt securities shall be used for routine treasury activities including refinancing of existing debt and spectrum liabilities,” the filing said.

Airtel will now approach shareholders for final approval of the proposed raising of debt.

As on December 31, 2017, the company's consolidated net debt stood at Rs 91,714 crore higher than Rs 91,480 crore in the previous quarter.



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