GMR Airports to raise Rs 3,000 crore through non-convertible debentures

The company has principal repayment obligation of Rs 2,976 crore in FY21
GMR Airports (GAL) is raising up to Rs 3,000 crore through non-convertible debentures (NCDs) to meet repayment obligations due later this month and in January.

Half of this amount (Rs 1,500 crore) will be raised through one-year debentures and the balance through NCDs having 36-month maturity.

The company has principal repayment obligation of Rs 2,976 crore in FY21. Along with the fundraise, the firm will use the Rs 1,000 crore of equity infused into it after the completion of a deal with France’s Groupe ADP for the airport business.

In February this year, GMR Group had signed an agreement with ADP to sell a 49 per cent stake in its airport-holding company GAL. GMR group holds 51 per cent stake with management control in GAL.

CARE has assigned a rating of “A-” to the NCDs, while the outlook is negative. The rating factors in GAL’s status as holding company of two major airports — Delhi International Airport (DIAL) and GMR Hyderabad International Airport (GHIAL) and healthy financial flexibility.

DIAL and GHIAL have demonstrated consistent improvement in business profile till FY20, thereby demonstrating self-sufficiency for future expansions. The rating also factors in the current ownership structure of company.

The rating, however, continues to remain constrained by the susceptibility of GAL’s revenues to seasonality and volatility associated with air passenger traffic growth in operating assets. This was seen during the Covid-19 pandemic and regulatory risk faced by airport assets.

The company plans to repay part of debt obligations during FY22 through the planned bond offering in its international subsidiary GMR Airports International BV (GAIBV).

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