AGR-hit Airtel has a $three bn warfare chest plan

NEW DELHI: Confronted with AGR dues value Rs 43,000 crore to the federal government, the board of telecom large Bharti Airtel on Wednesday authorized a plan to lift $three billion through numerous modes together with Certified Establishment Placement (QIPs), stake sale and debt papers.

The corporate in an change submitting mentioned that it’s going to launch a number of QIPs or provide on the market of fairness shares or a mixture of comparable provides to lift $2 billion. Relaxation $1 billion will likely be raised by way of debentures and bonds.


Airtel board has authorised the Particular Committee of Administrators for taking crucial steps for implementing the fundraising plans.



The telecom main desperately wants money to payoff its statutory dues other than money owed.


Airtel had reported a web lack of Rs 23,044 crore for the quarter ended September 30, on Rs 28,450 crore provisions in direction of adjusted gross income (AGR) dues.

The corporate had supplied Rs 28,450 crore as a cost for the quarter (principal Rs 6,164 crore, curiosity Rs 12,219 crore, penalty Rs three,760 crore and curiosity on penalty Rs 6,307 crore) with respect to the licence charge as estimated primarily based on Supreme Court docket’s judgement and spectrum utilization costs (SUC) as estimated primarily based on the definition of AGR.

Amid tariff warfare with Reliance Jio, Airtel on Tuesday hiked costs of its pay as you go plans by 10-40 per cent. The corporate mentioned that it has elevated tariff within the vary of 50 paise per day to Rs 2.85. Airtel’s fashionable bundled plans providing limitless calling and knowledge that had been earlier priced at Rs 249 (28 days validity) and Rs 448 (82 days validity) will now value Rs 298 and Rs 598 (84 days validity), respectively.

The announcement of tariff hike got here proper after Vodafone Concept introduced hiked tariffs of its pay as you go on Sunday.

As per estimates by IIFL Securities, following the worth hike, Airtel’s India cell income for FY21 will rise to Rs 57,930.2 crore from Rs 47,384 crore as per an earlier estimate. The hike will trigger consolidated Ebitda to extend by 32 per cent, which might convey down its debt-to-Ebitda to 2.7 instances, mentioned the brokerage.

Earlier within the day, shares of Bharti Airtel closed larger by zero.41 per cent at Rs 460.85 on BSE. The scrip has gained 22 per cent within the final one month.