In a substantial financial development, the Adani Group is nearing the finalization of a $3.5 billion loan deal aimed at refinancing debt incurred during the acquisition of Ambuja Cements Limited. This deal, reportedly set to be completed within the week, signifies a significant turnaround for the conglomerate following recent challenges and wealth erosion caused by allegations from American short-seller Hindenburg.
A consortium of banks and financial institutions has shown renewed confidence in the Adani Group’s financial stability by agreeing to extend the loan. According to Bloomberg, this loan will be among the ten largest loans in Asia for the current year. It is expected to be priced at approximately 450-500 basis points in all-in-costs over the benchmark secured overnight finance rate.
Notably, 18 global banks, including industry heavyweights like Barclays, Deutsche Bank, and Standard Chartered, have reportedly supported the group’s efforts to refinance its debt. This positive development underscores a collective belief in the Adani Group’s ability to manage its financial commitments.
Under the terms of the loan agreement, the Gautam Adani family, who are the promoters of the Adani Group, will need to prepay $300 million. This refinancing is anticipated to result in substantial savings, estimated at about a quarter of a billion dollars over a three-year period, as reported by The Economic Times.
Additionally, this financial maneuver will extend the loan repayment timeline to 2027, relieving the group of immediate financial pressures and providing breathing room for strategic financial management. Beyond reducing borrowing costs, the loan is expected to enhance the Adani Group’s credit ratings, boosting its standing in the financial markets.
The consortium of lenders includes prominent institutions such as MUFG, Mizuho, SMBC, DBS, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, ING, BNP Paribas, and Qatar’s QNB. Disbursement of the loan is slated to commence in the coming week, marking a pivotal step in the Adani Group’s financial restructuring.
This development comes after a period of adversity for the Adani Group, during which its founder, Gautam Adani, faced a substantial decline in his wealth following allegations of stock manipulation by Hindenburg. However, in recent months, the group has made a significant recovery in response to investments from Indian-American investor Rajiv Jain and other measures that have inspired investor confidence. Gautam Adani’s current net worth, according to Forbes, stands at $52.8 billion, showcasing the resilience of the conglomerate in navigating challenging financial circumstances.
Sources By Agencies