Bengaluru: Crisis-hit shadow bank Dewan Housing Finance Corp (DHFL) said on Friday its board had approved a plan that included converting debt into equity, even as it seeks to sell assets and raise more capital.
The conversion of debt into equity may result in a change in ownership, the company said in a regulatory filing, adding that the plan still needed shareholder approval.
DHFL, India’s fourth-biggest housing finance company, has roughly Rs 1 lakh core ($14.15 billion) of debt, and owes about Rs 40,000 crore to banks alone. The company hasn’t been able to service its debt and it has defaulted on its obligations several times.
As a result, the non-banking financial company is undergoing a restructuring process that is being deliberated upon by its lenders, to help it ride out a liquidity crunch and restart its lending business.
DHFL and other shadow banking firms have been stung by a liquidity crunch following last year’s collapse of Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Ltd – once one of the biggest players in the sector.
DHFL’s struggles also come as the domestic banking sector still grapples with nearly $150 billion of stressed assets.
Updated Date: Aug 30, 2019 19:22:04 IST