DSP Mutual Fund initiates legal action against DHFL to recover dues

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It is understood that DHFL, along with key lenders led by Union Bank of India, is in the final stages to wrap up the resolution plan
In a move that might disrupt the resolution process being worked out for Dewan Housing Finance Corporation (DHFL), DSP Mutual Fund (DSP MF) has initiated legal action against the housing finance company for recovery of its dues.

“As mutual funds are not formally bound by the inter-creditor agreement (ICA) signed by banks, they can take legal recourse to strengthen their position,” said a person in the know. DSP MF had an exposure of about Rs 169 crore, largely as non-convertible debentures (NCDs), as of April 30, according to the data published by Value Research.

The DSP MF spokesperson could not be reached for comment. A spokesperson for DHFL did not respond to a query on the issue.

According to the resolution mechanism laid out by the Reserve Bank of India in its June 7 circular, banks are mandatorily required to sign on the ICA to mark their consent to work on a resolution process between lenders and the defaulter.

It is understood that DHFL, along with key lenders led by Union Bank of India, is in the final stages to wrap up the resolution plan and will be placing it before the consortium of lenders. A resolution committee has been formed by DHFL for this. As part of the resolution plan, sources said DHFL would pay individual unsecured creditors fully, which would be followed by secured creditors. However, no final decision has been taken on it.  

According to the terms suggested in the resolution plan, the company will get fresh monthly credit lines of Rs 1,000-1,500 crore a month and the tenure of the existing loans may be extended if found suitable. Banks may also convert part of their outstanding into equity capital, if required. Sources, however, say that the total debt likely to be converted into equity may be restricted to 10 per cent.

DHFL had bank loans of Rs 40,600 crore and debt securities of Rs 45,380 crore to be repaid as of March 31, 2019. Its assets stood at Rs 98,000 crore, of which about Rs 35,000 crore is wholesale loans. Over the next two months, DHFL has an interest obligation of Rs 440 crore to meet towards secured lenders (those holding NCDs) against a principal outstanding of Rs 4,770 crore.

Sources added that in the process of resolution, banks might also provide a moratorium of 6-12 months towards the principal loans due for repayment. “If there are other repayment obligations that arise for DHFL during this period such as NCDs, these obligations will be met by the company,” said a senior executive at a public sector bank. In such a case, mutual funds due for repayment of NCDs need to be repaid on the date of maturity, he added.
With inputs from Jash Kriplani

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