Suzlon Energy to offer India banks 68% haircut on debt restructure deal

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Suzlon Energy Ltd. will offer to restructure debt at a steeper discount than Indian banks have been willing to consider so far, said people familiar with the matter, pushing the wind turbine maker closer toward bankruptcy.

The Pune-based company proposes to swap its Rs 113 billion ($1.6 billion) of outstanding debt into Rs 36 billion of new debt, translating to a 68 per cent discount, the people said, asking not to be identified as the terms are private. Lenders had earlier indicated a willingness to take a 50 per cent haircut, the people said.

The fresh proposal follows an assessment by Suzlon’s rating company, on how much debt can be sustainably recast. A meeting with creditors is planned for next week, one person said.

Lenders would now have to decide if this offer is better than what they could get if they tip Suzlon into bankruptcy court. The company’s shares have lost almost half their value over the past year amid India’s focus to squeeze clean energy costs, forcing wind farm developers to pass lower margins to turbine manufacturers.

A spokesman for Suzlon declined to comment.

Suzlon shares were trading 20% higher as of 3:06 p.m. in Mumbai on Friday, paring the past year’s decline to 49 per cent.

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