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Kotak Special Situations Fund (KSSF) – managed by Kotak Investment Advisors Limited (KIAL), today announced that it has acquired 74 percent stake in HKR Roadways (HKR), and funded the debt in the company for a one-time settlement (OTS) with existing lenders for a total consideration of Rs 715 crore. This successful funding and resolution of debt is the first one in the road sector for KSSF, it said in a statement.

HKR, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) owned by a consortium led by Gayatri Group, was awarded a 25 years concession by the Andhra Pradesh Road Development Corporation (now Telangana Government). The four-lane toll highway project of the existing Hyderabad Karimnagar Ramagundan section of State Highway One (SH1) was under Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer basis.

The 207 km toll highway project commenced operations from June 2014. However, due to delays in the right of way and significant under performance of traffic vis-à-vis initial estimates, the account became a non-performing asset (NPA) with all lenders.

The existing consortium of lenders to HKR has sanctioned a OTS of all the dues, subject to a Swiss Challenge Auction. Post-settlement of dues, HKR will no longer be a NPA account.

Eshwar Karra, CEO-Kotak Special Situations Fund, KIAL, said, “Acquiring controlling stake in stressed assets like HKR is in line with our overall strategy of settling lenders in full cash against their dues and taking over such projects. HKR requires additional capex to achieve commercial operation date (COD), and we expect a turnaround in the next few years. KSSF will continue to offer a full cash settlement, a much better option than non-cash options and is fully geared to fund pre-packaged solutions under IBC, as and when the rules are notified.”

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