29 May 2017 07:51:57 IST

RCom shares plunge to all-time low on Q4 loss, debt woes

The company, over the weekend posted its second straight quarterly loss, dragged down by a price war

Shares of Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications Ltd fell as much as 20 per cent to an all-time low on Monday, after it reported a $150 million fourth-quarter loss and worries about its heavy debt load resurfaced.

The company, over the weekend posted its second straight quarterly loss, dragged down by a price war in what is the world's second-biggest mobile market by number of users.

A national newspaper on Monday reported that the company had delayed repayment of loans to more than 10 banks. Reliance Communications declined to comment on the report.

In its quarterly results statement, however, Reliance Communications said that “pending formal confirmation by the lenders for waiver of certain loan covenants,” some loan amounts would continue to be classified as non-current liabilities.

The company plans to repay ₹25,000 cr ($3.9 billion) worth of loans to its lenders with proceeds from its deals with Aircel and Canada's Brookfield Infrastructure, the newspaper cited a company spokesperson as saying.

Reliance Communications is merging its wireless business with rival Aircel, and is also selling a 51 per cent stake in its radio masts business to Canada's Brookfield Infrastructure Group for ₹1,0000 cr.

Following a sell-off last week due to debt concerns, shares in Reliance Communications plunged further on Monday, falling to their maximum daily limit and hitting a record low of ₹20.60. They were down 13 per cent at ₹22.40 at 0440 GMT.

A sell-off in its 2020 bonds also resumed on Monday with yields spiking to 17.2 per cent after ending at 12.3 per cent last week.