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Creditors of India’s bankrupt Jet Airways are likely to recover less than 10% of the carrier’s total outstanding dues in a liquidation scenario if no suitor succeeds in buying the airline, two sources told Reuters. The airline’s financial and operational creditors, who are owed nearly 300 billion Indian rupees ($4.20 billion) are likely to recover only $300-$400 million from the sale of Jet’s assets, the sources, who have direct knowledge of the matter, said, Reuters reported.

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HNA Group Co.’s cash pile shrank 20 times faster than its debts, indicating that pressure is building for one of China’s most indebted conglomerates to speed up asset sales, Bloomberg News reported. Cash, equivalents and short-term investments as of the end of June tumbled 61% from a year earlier, according to data derived from from the Hainan-based Chinese group’s interim report released on Friday. By comparison, total debt fell 3%.

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India’s shadow banks are getting increasingly squeezed by a crisis of confidence at home, forcing them to cough up more for funds overseas. And that’s just for the lucky ones, Bloomberg News reported. The non-bank financing companies have struggled to raise as much abroad this year, as defaults in India’s credit market spread after a shock failure by major shadow lender IL&FS Group last year. They’ve signed $1.5 billion of foreign-currency loans so far in 2019, down from $2 billion in the same period last year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg that excludes state-run lenders.

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The shipyard controlled by embattled Indian tycoon Anil Ambani is facing the prospect of bankruptcy after failing to get creditors’ approval for restructuring 70 billion rupees ($970 million) of debt, people familiar with the matter said, Bloomberg News reported. India’s bankruptcy tribunal will consider putting Reliance Naval & Engineering Ltd. in bankruptcy on Wednesday as no new repayment plan was submitted after lenders led by IDBI Bank Ltd. rejected an earlier offer in July, the people said, asking not to be named as the information is not public.

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India’s biggest bank overhaul in decades may hurt the nation’s bad loan clean-up and slow the lending approvals needed to reverse its economic slump, Bloomberg News reported. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government late Friday surprised observers by announcing several state bank mergers, a move it said would create larger, healthier lenders. While that may be true in the long term, analysts predict that the efforts may be hurt by a near-term shift in management attention to aligning resources such as personnel, technology and branch networks.

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Some developers may not be admitting as much but there are increasing signs that times are tough in real estate in China. All three of the country’s biggest residential property firms reported a drop in the number of full-time employees in their first-half results, the first simultaneous downsizing since 2015, Bloomberg calculations show, Bloomberg News reported. Real estate companies in the world’s most-populous nation are facing a triple whammy of increased home-buying curbs, a more stringent credit environment and a slowing economy.

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The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has ordered start of insolvency proceedings against NCR-based realty firm Three C Projects Ltd and also appointed an Interim Resolution Professional (IRP) to take over the management of the debt-ridden company, The Economic Times reported. A two-member principal bench, headed by President Justice M M Kumar, admitted a plea filed by five flat buyers who had booked homes in the company's Lotus Zing project in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

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Mutual funds continue to shun Indian shadow lenders’ debt despite a liquidity boost from the nation’s central bank and measures from the government to quell investor wariness toward them, Bloomberg News reported. Debt mutual funds spooked by a string of defaults and credit rating downgrades of the non-bank lenders slashed investments in notes from shadow banks to 14% of their total assets in July, the lowest in nearly two years, data from markets regulator show. The funds invested 7.1% of their assets in commercial papers from shadow lenders and 6.9% in bonds last month, the data showed.

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The world’s worst performing major bank in stock markets this year is also sliding in the bond market after a credit rating downgrade, Bloomberg News reported. Yes Bank Ltd., one of India’s largest private-sector banks, has been rocked by asset quality worries due to heavy exposure to weaker borrowers amid mounting credit market strains. Moody’s Investors Service cut its rating on Yes Bank deeper into junk on Wednesday, citing concerns about its capital buffers and ability to raise funds.

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Credit analysts are keeping a watchful eye on signs of stress in Indian household debt after unemployment rose to a 45-year high and as lenders grapple with the worst soured debt levels of any major economy, Bloomberg News reported. India’s bad debt malaise has centered on corporate debt, and loans to individuals have been seen as safer and a growth opportunity for banks. Given the slowdown in the economy and a drying-up of credit from shadow banks, analysts are signaling potential risks, though publicly available data on personal loan arrears is sparse.

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