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Byju's plans asset sale to pay off $1.2 billion loan

Byju's had acquired Epic and Great Learning during the peak of 2021 to build its $22 billion empire.

Byju Raveendran, founder & CEO of Byju's. (MINT_PRINT)Premium
Byju Raveendran, founder & CEO of Byju's. (MINT_PRINT)

Mumbai: Edtech giant Byju’s has put two of its businesses -- reading platform Epic and higher education platform Great Learning -- up for sale to pay off its term loan B lenders, three people with knowledge of the matter said on condition of anonymity. 

‘The assets may fetch Byju’s around $800 million to $1 billion, which will be used to repay the outstanding TLB," one of the people cited above said.

Byju's had acquired both assets during the peak of 2021 to build its $22 billion empire.

Byju’s raised $1.2 billion through a term loan B from overseas investors in November 2021 at a time when interest rates were low. Since then, interest rates have not just gone up but the equation between both the company and its lenders also soured.

Also Read: Byju's Raveendran breaks into tears as crises engulf ed-tech startup 

Matters came to a head in June when the company skipped an interest payment and took its lenders to court to prevent the acceleration of the TLB repayment.

In an about-turn of sorts, Byju’s is offering to repay the full loan.

“A detailed plan to repay the loan has been sent to the lenders," the second person cited above said. “The cost of the loan was becoming too expensive," he added.

On Monday, Bloomberg news wire reported that the company had offered to pay the entire $1.2 billion in the next 6 months, with a payment of $300 million expected to be made in the next 3 months.

A Byju’s spokesperson did not immediately revert to Mint’s request for comment.

The company has earlier stated that it expects to file its FY22 financial statements by September 2023 and its FY23 statements by December 2023. "The company may also be able to raise capital from external investors once its accounts are closed," one of the people cited above added.

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Ranjani Raghavan
Ranjani Raghavan writes about the Indian investment ecosystem with a focus on venture capital, private equity and startups. Outside of work, she enjoys sketching and birding. You can find her @ranjanir_
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Published: 11 Sep 2023, 01:37 PM IST
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