RIL plans to raise $ 1.5 billion overseas, Telecom News, ET Telecom

Mumbai: Trust industries plans to raise up to $ 1.5 billion ($ 11,300 billion) in foreign loans to fund investments, those familiar with the matter said. This follows on from Facebook and others recently pledged $ 61,000 billion in investment in the conglomerate’s Jio Platforms unit.

RIL is in talks with 10-15 foreign lenders and the syndication process to raise funds that will be repayable in five years has begun, the people said. The funds will be used for routine investment needs of RIL’s non-digital entities, including retail, petrochemical, and oil and gas businesses, the sources said.

“Although the talks began a few weeks ago, the loan target has increased by approximately $ 300 million as the syndication program has expanded,” said one of the people.

The loan can be valued after adding 225-250 basis points to the dollar-based six-month LIBOR. However, there could be multiple price levels depending on loan installments that have not yet been completed, said the people quoted earlier.

RIL did not comment on the matter. HSBC, Barclays, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, ANZ, Credit Agricole, MUFG, Standard Chartered, and Citigroup are some of the banks involved in the fundraising process, they said.

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The banks could not be reached immediately.

The fundraising comes at a time when the oil retailer is about to launch a $ 7 billion rights offering, the largest in the country.

In the third week of April, Facebook announced that it would acquire 9.9% of Jio Platforms for approximately $ 5.7 billion, which equates to a value of $ 65.95 billion. US tech investor last week Silver Lake partner said it will buy 1.15% of the unit for $ 747 million. In addition, Vista Equity Partner Partner, another US private equity firm, is investing ₹ 11,367 billion in Jio Platforms.

RIL’s net debt as of March 31 was £ 1.61 million compared to £ 1.54 million for the same period last year. The company aims to be net debt free by March 2021.

There will be a significant strengthening of the balance sheet due to value creation initiatives and the rights issue, RIL had previously said. It has an inflow visibility of 1.04 lakh crore, or an estimated $ 13.6 billion this calendar year, RIL said in an investor presentation.

In addition to short-term commercial papers, the company has also borrowed money from the domestic bond market. It sold three- and five-year bonds in two tranches and raised 11.295 billion yen in the past three weeks.

RIL’s decision to sell minority stakes in each of its three main business segments – oil to chemicals, Jio platforms, and retail – will help reduce debt, fuel growth and improve financial flexibility, rating firm Crisil said in a communication dated May 7th.

“In uncertain times, RIL appears to be more focused on reducing debt. RIL surprised us and the streets with several announcements that will significantly reduce debt and improve the outlook, ”wrote Nomura analysts Anil Sharma and Aditya Bansal in May

“RIL took the street by surprise with its monetization / leverage efforts, and the stock has rallied sharply lately. However, we believe that RIL’s outperformance can continue. “

RIL stock is up 76.7% since March 23, when India’s stock markets fell to record highs. The Sensex benchmark has risen 21.79% since then.

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