Suzlon scraps ₹8,500-cr debt repayment offer as Vestas backs out1 min read . Updated: 06 Sep 2019, 06:06 PM IST
- The wind-turbine maker has been struggling since 2017 after Modi’s govt shifted to auctions as the preferred method to install wind projects
- The stock, which has plummeted about 40% this year, is set to close at the lowest level since listing
Suzlon Energy Ltd. withdrew an offer to repay about ₹8,500 crore ($1.2 billion) to lenders after Vestas Wind Systems A/C, which was backing the proposal, pulled out of the debt-resolution plan, according to people familiar with the matter.
The settlement was the only offer before the lenders led by State Bank of India after Brookfield Asset Management Inc. dropped out last month, the people said, asking not to be named as the information is not public. The banks are yet to decide on the next steps to recover their dues, one of the people said.
The Indian wind-turbine maker has been struggling since 2017 after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government shifted to auctions as the preferred method to install wind projects. That curtailed orders for the company amid rising operational costs and stiffer competition from global players.
Shares of Suzlon fell 9.86% on Friday to ₹3.20 at the time of BSE's closing . The stock, which has plummeted about 40% this year, is set to close at the lowest level since listing.
A representative for SBI didn’t respond to an email and phone calls seeking comment while Suzlon’s spokeswoman declined to comment. Suzlon’s long-term bank facilities were downgraded to D from BB in April by Care Ratings Ltd. and the company missed payments on its dollar-denominated convertibles in July.
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