Jaypee Infratech: NBCC bids; claims sweet deal for stakeholders

New Delhi: State-owned NBCC Ltd on Friday said it has bid to take over bankruptcy-bound Jaypee Infratech and complete stalled housing projects in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. NBCC Chairman and Managing Director Anoop Kumar Mittal said the company is “keen to acquire” Jaypee Infratech and complete over 20,000 housing units. He declined to share the bid value but said the resolution plan submitted by the company is beneficial for all stakeholders, including banks, home buyers and NBCC.

In a filing to the BSE, NBCC said it has submitted the bid to Interim Resolution Professional Anuj Jain, reports PTI. “Resolution Plan in respect of Jaypee Infratech has been submitted by the NBCC to the Interim Resolution Professional on 15th February, 2019,” the filing said. Jain, the IRP who is carrying out the insolvency process, had earlier shortlisted four players—NBCC, Kotak Investment, Singapore-based Cube Highways and Suraksha group—to submit their resolution plans by February 15.

A meeting of the committee of creditors will be held on February 18 to discuss bids. In October 2018, Jain started a fresh initiative to revive Jaypee Infratech on the National Company Law Tribunal’s (NCLT) direction after lenders rejected the over Rs 7,000-crore bid of Suraksha group. He had invited companies and investors to submit resolution plans to revive Jaypee Infratech, which has many stuck housing projects in Noida and Greater Noida.

In 2017, the NCLT had admitted the application by an IDBI Bank-led consortium seeking resolution for Jaypee Infratech under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). The tribunal had appointed Jain as IRP to manage the company’s business and invite bids from investors.

Consequently, Lakshdeep, part of Suraksha group, had emerged as the front runner to acquire the firm. However, in May last year, lenders rejected the Rs 7,350-crore bid by Lakshdeep as they found the amount to be inadequate. The realty firm has an outstanding debt of nearly Rs 9,800 crore, of which Rs 4,334 crore pertains to IDBI. Other lenders are IIFCL, LIC, SBI, Corporation Bank, Syndicate Bank, Bank Of Maharashtra, ICICI Bank, Union Bank, IFCI, J&K Bank, Axis Bank and Srei Equipment Finance.

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