India Court Allows Billionaire Agarwal to Takeover Videocon

India’s bankruptcy court has allowed billionaire Anil Agarwal’s Twin Star Technologies to takeover Videocon Industries Ltd., Bloomberg News reported. Twin Star, a part of Agarwal’s Vedanta Group, will pay about 30 billion rupees ($410 million) to Videocon’s lenders. The company will put up 5 billion rupees within 90 days and the rest as non-convertible debentures over a period of time. Lenders had sought the bankruptcy court’s approval in December for the resolution plan submitted by Twin Star. The court approved the plan in a verdict on Tuesday. Videocon, a consumer durables company manufacturing air-conditioners to washing machines, was among the first 12 companies pushed into bankruptcy after directions from the Reserve Bank of India in 2017. Indian banks have been battling unpaid loans for the past couple of years and the country is saddled with one of the worst bad-debt ratios in the world. Read more.
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