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Dewan Housing discusses debt revamp

Bloomberg

Cash-strapped Dewan Housing Finance Corp is in discussions with its bondholders to revamp its debt as the Indian mortgage lender tries to shore up its financials after posting its first quarterly loss in more than a decade.
In a meeting with its rupee bondholders, Dewan Housing discussed an inter-creditor agreement that the consortium of bankers has agreed to enter for a potential restructuring of its liabilities, according to three people familiar with the matter.
The company also discussed the impact of the agreement on its bond investors, and highlighted that as part of the resolution plan, maturities of several bonds may be elongated and/or interest rate be lowered, they said.
Bond investors, including mutual funds, plan to seek approval from the capital markets regulator to be part of the inter-creditor agreement, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the details are private. Mutual funds, which are big investors
of the beleaguered shadow lender’s debt, will even discuss and seek necessary board approvals to be a part of any potential resolution plan, two of the people familiar with the matter said.
A spokeswoman for the company didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comments on the negotiations.
Dewan Housing is among the worst hit after financier Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd group defaulted for the first time in June 2018, shaking investor confidence and shutting the door for financing for many shadow banks.

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