Jio, RCom Asset Sale Deal Terminated; 6 Main Reasons

Anil Ambani-led RCom Monday said the deal it has signed with big brother Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio to sale some of its wireless business assets, has been terminated.

“The agreements dated 28 December 2017 and 11 August 2018 entered into between RCOM, RTL, RITL (RCOM Group) and RJIL respectively for sale of certain specified telecom assets have been terminated today by mutual agreement,” RCom said in a statement late Monday evening.

The company said the said transactions have become ‘incapable of being consummated’ in accordance with the terms thereof, on account of various factors and developments since the execution of the said agreements nearly 15 months ago.

The company cited six major factors that compelled the deal to break. They are :

1. Non-receipt of consents / objections from RCOM’s over 40 foreign and Indian Lenders in relation to the proposed transactions despite over 45 meetings and the passage of over 15 months;

2. Non-receipt of requisite permissions and approvals from DoT;

3. The decision taken by the Board of Directors of RCOM at its meeting held on 1st February 2019 to seek fast track resolution of its overall debt through the National Company Law Tribunal, Mumbai;

4. The applications filed before the Hon’ble NCLAT on 4th February 2019 for withdrawal of appeals against the admission of RCOM, RTL and RITL to the NCLT debt resolution process, and reinstatement of the said process;

5. The order passed by the Hon’ble NCLAT on 4th February 2019 restraining the sale, transfer or alienation of any movable or immovable property of RCOM, RTL and RITL;

6. The statements of the lenders, as recorded in the order dated 15th March 2019 of the Hon’ble NCLAT, that it is not possible for them to sell the specified assets, and therefore, the NCLT process for debt resolution should be reinstated.

In the statement the company said “RCOM Group is committed to a comprehensive resolution of their overall debt, with transparency, certainty and finality, through the NCLT process.”

RCom said the next date of hearing in this matter is fixed before the Hon’ble NCLAT on 8th April 2019.

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