NBCC decides against diluting conditions in revised bid for Jaypee Infratech

NBCC's revised bid to acquire Jaypee Infratech and complete work of over 20,000 flats would be discussed on May 14 by CoC.

New Delhi: "National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) on Monday decided against diluting certain conditions, including exemption from tax liability, in its revised offer for debt-laden Jaypee Infratech even as lenders have flagged serious concerns about the state-owned firm's conditional bid," sources said.

The NBCC's revised bid to acquire Jaypee Infratech and complete the work of over 20,000 flats would be discussed on May 14 by the Committee of Creditors (CoC), they added.

On Friday, lenders wrote to the NBCC seeking clarifications on certain relief and concessions put forward by the public sector firm in its resolution plan.

According to sources, NBCC has decided not to dilute the conditions of exemption from income tax liability as well as from taking consent of development authorities for transfer of businesses. It has also not agreed to change its proposal that lenders should take unsold flats in case state-owned firm fails to sell them in the market.

To make changes in these clauses, sources said, NBCC needed approvals from its board as well as government departments.

Without these changes, it remains to be seen whether the CoC decide to put NBCC's bid for voting by bankers and home buyers or reject it without voting.

Homebuyers are likely to vote in favour of NBCC bid but many flat owners fear that lenders may reject it and opt for liquidation as they do no want a hair-cut of about 60 per cent against its claim of Rs 9,782 crore.

Clarifications from the NBCC were sought in the backdrop of Jaypee Infratech's Interim Resolution Professional (IRP) Anuj Jain flagging to the lenders that NBCC's bid was conditional and non-binding.

Jain had written to the CoC that NBCC's revised bid was conditional as the state-owned firm has stated that the plan would not be binding on it unless key relief measures such as extinguishing of income tax liability and a dispensation from seeking consent of YEIDA (Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority) for any business transfer is granted, sources had said.

The CoC is considering NBCC's offer after it rejected Mumbai-based Suraksha Realty's bid on May 3 through voting process under the insolvency law. Earlier, the creditors' panel did not allow vote on NBCC's bid citing lack of approvals from the government departments. NBCC has now got all the necessary approvals.

In its revised offer, NBCC has proposed infusion of Rs 200 crore equity capital, transfer of 950 acres of land worth Rs 5,000 crore to banks and completing construction of flats by July 2023 to settle an outstanding claim of Rs 23,723 crore of financial creditors.

The court-mandated deadline for completing the resolution plan for Japyee Infratech ended on May 6 and the CoC has sought an extension of the deadline.

The Allahabad bench of National Company Law Tribunal ( NCLT) has posted the matter for hearing on May 21 and maintained status quo till then.

Apart from NBCC, Adani Group has shown interest to bid for Jaypee Infratech but creditors have not sought resolution plan from Adani so far.

Interestingly, Jaypee Group's promoters too have put in a bid, under Section 12A of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, to retain control of the company.

In 2017, Jaypee Infratech went into insolvency after NCLT admitted the application by an IDBI Bank-led consortium seeking resolution of the firm.

During the first round of insolvency proceedings, the Rs 7,350 crore bid of Lakshdeep, part of Suraksha Group, was rejected by lenders.

In October 2018, the IRP started a fresh initiative to revive Jaypee Infratech on the NCLT direction.

Jaiprakash Associates Ltd (JAL), the promoter of Jaypee Infratech, had submitted Rs 750 crore in the registry of the Supreme Court for the refund to buyers and the amount is lying with NCLT.

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