Vodafone Idea Lenders Don’t Feel the Weight of Promoters Trust in the Telco

The telco's poor credit rating makes it difficult for the lenders to give further debt when the promoters aren't willing to dip their legs further. Recently, there were reports saying that Vi is very close to raising funds, but that hasn't happened yet. Vi has two promoters - Aditya Birla Group (ABG) and the Vodafone Group UK. 

Highlights

  • Vodafone Idea (Vi) has been trying to raise funds via debt and equity instruments for quite some time now.
  • In a recent meeting with the lenders, Vi tried to raise funds via debt from its lenders.
  • The lenders feel that the Rs 2000 crore equity infusion in the company is not good enough.

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Vodafone Idea (Vi) has been trying to raise funds via debt and equity instruments for quite some time now. In a recent meeting with the lenders, Vi tried to raise funds via debt from its lenders. However, the banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI) told the telco that its promoters need to pitch in with more capital to show that they have confidence in the company. According to an ET report, the lenders feel that the Rs 2000 crore equity infusion in the company is not good enough.




The telco's poor credit rating makes it difficult for the lenders to give further debt when the promoters aren't willing to dip their legs further. Recently, there were reports saying that Vi is very close to raising funds, but that hasn't happened yet. Vi has two promoters - Aditya Birla Group (ABG) and the Vodafone Group UK.

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Out of the two promoters, Vodafone Group seems to have completely lost confidence in the ability of Vi to make a return. The telecom giant, earlier this year, announced that it will be carrying forward the value of Vodafone Idea as nil on its books. The Indian government is also eagerly waiting for Vi to raise funds. However, since the promoters aren't willing to do much, it becomes hard for the lenders to show any trust in the company and provide further debt.

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The report added that Vi's solvency will be there as the current income levels of the telco are enough to clear dues to lenders. Vi's shares have risen quite a bit over the last few weeks and up until earlier this week, were trading at a value of Rs 10 and higher. Vodafone Idea's poor position is causing the lenders to worry about exposing themselves further to the company.

If the promoters are ready to invest further in the company, banks can potentially step in and lend further money. Vi is in desperate need of funds to not only clear short-term dues but also invest in its network and go ahead with the 5G launch to compete with Airtel and Jio.

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Tanuja is a passionate technology and telecom buff who has been following the telecom industry for several years now.

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