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    India’s bankruptcy courts attempt to resolve its first shadow bank insolvency.

    The decision was taken at a lenders meeting last week, at which advisory firm Grant Thornton was appointed to conduct an audit of Dewan’s transactions, the people said.
    By Suvashree Ghosh

    Indian lenders set preliminary terms for companies wishing to bid for Dewan Housing Finance Corp.’s assets, people with knowledge of the matter said, as the nation’s bankruptcy courts attempts to resolve its first shadow bank insolvency.

    The assets have been divided into three groups -- mortgages, loans to builders of government-assisted housing, and project financing, the people said, asking not to be identified because the discussions are private. They have set minimum net worth and asset requirements for the bidders in each category, the people added.

    The debt resolution process for Dewan Housing is being closely watched because it’s likely to create a precedent for other shadow lenders affected by the crisis which broke out in 2018 with a series of defaults at a major infrastructure lender. Dewan Housing, which has a market capitalization of 5 billion rupees ($70 million), reported a 66.4 billion rupees loss for the quarter ended Sept. 30 late on Wednesday.

    Dewan was one of the worst affected by the crisis, prompting the Reserve Bank of India to take over management of the company in November and start bankruptcy proceedings. Representatives at Dewan and Union Bank of India, which is leading the creditor’s group, didn’t immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

    Bidders for the mortgage loans will need a minimum net worth of 35 billion rupees and 100 billion rupees of assets under management, the people said. While investors for the builder’s loans taken out under the government’s slum rehabilitation program require net worth of 5 billion rupees and assets under management of 10 billion rupees, one of the people said.


    For project loans, the requirement is 10 billion rupees of net worth and 40 billion rupees of assets under management, the person added.

    The decision was taken at a lenders meeting last week, at which advisory firm Grant Thornton was appointed to conduct an audit of Dewan’s transactions, the people said. The lenders also appointed real estate specialists JLL India and RBSA Advisors to value Dewan’s assets and give them an assessment of the losses they are likely to face, the person added.

    Dewan Housing has about 38 billion rupees in outstanding inter corporate deposits, the company said in a filing Wednesday, adding that it’s uncertain the amount can be recovered. It has set aside 24 billion rupees as provisions to cover this.

    “The company is undergoing substantial financial stress since second half of the previous financial year,” Dewan Housing said. “As a result, the company’s ability to raise funds has been substantially impaired and the business has been brought to a standstill.”
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    7 Comments on this Story

    XYZ406 days ago
    Promoters should be immediately arrested and their assets freezed.
    Then action against CRISIL. On what grounds they gave triple A ratings?
    I, as a laymen invested as per CRISIL rating.
    Thirdly action against RBI, which slept throughout.
    Salujamss407 days ago
    Wadhawan, registrar of ncd and credit rating agency all have defrauded people. The government should immediately arrest the owners and cease their assets and find out where the amount of 30000 crore misappropriated has gone. The banks and institutions may bear losses but what will happen to indi iduals and old persons who invested in NCDS, some of them will either die of heart attack and some will commit suicide. Is that for what our FM and government waiting for? The FM had announced in last budget that they will assist to the tune of 10000 crore for bail out but nothing happened. The government must act immediately and nab the owners and put them in jail and try to recover maximum of the misappropriated amount.
    Raj Tillan407 days ago
    dewan Housin gstatement on business channels should be signature tune of business channels how lies are being dished . wonder why Directors can not be put in to jail for fraudubg thepublic or no high ticket, judge, minister, public servant has be defrauded
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