NCLT asks DHFL lenders to consider Wadhawan’s settlement offer


In a major turn of events in the resolution of DHFL, the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has asked its lenders to consider the settlement offer of former promoter Kapil Wadhawan.

The tribunal has given the committee of creditors a period of 10 days to consider his offer and come back to the court with its decision by May 31, sources said.

Wadhawan had filed a petition at the NCLT and the order was reserved since January 15.

Kapil Wadhawan’s offered to repay 100 per cent principal amount to all the creditors. In his revised proposal of Rs 91,158 crore for the creditors, Wadhawan promised to make an upfront payment of Rs 9,000 crore.

He had offered to service Rs 31,000 crore debt in 7 years at 8.5 per cent per annum. Apart from that, he has offered to repay Rs 12,000 crore within a period of 7 years at 11.5 per cent per annum, following a one-year moratorium.

The plan also includes repayment of Rs 18,000 crore in 5 years at 11 per cent per annum, following a 5-year moratorium. While Rs 5,000 crore will be converted to equity, Rs 16,158 crore will be converted into zero coupon bonds as per the proposal.

Wadhawan had also stressed on to pay 100 per cent to FD and NCD holders all the time.

Wadhawan in his petition had raised concerns over the bids by Piramal Enterprises and the other bidders.

Piramal Group turned out to the successful bidder for the bankrupt Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd (DHFL) and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has already approved the takeover.