May 19, 2019 / 12:14 PM / 3 months ago

Japan's Orix Corp seeks to buy remaining stake India's IL&FS wind assets

May 19 (Reuters) - India’s debt-ridden Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) said on Sunday that Japan’s Orix Corp has expressed an interest in buying out the remaining 51% stake in IL&FS’s wind energy assets.

Orix Corp plans to buy the stake to exercise its right under the terms of an existing agreement that allows Orix to match the price offered by the highest bidder for buying a stake in the wind power plants, IL&FS said bit.ly/2VB36LI.

In April, GAIL (India) Ltd offered 48 billion rupees ($683.01 million) for IL&FS’s power plant portfolio, emerging as the highest bidder for its wind assets.

“GAIL Ltd’s offer of about 48 billion rupees for 100% of enterprise value contemplated no haircut to the debt of the SPVs (wind power plants), aggregating to about 37 billion rupees,” the group added in a statement.

The Indian government replaced the company’s entire board last year after defaults on some of its debt obligations triggered sharp declines in stock and debt markets, leading to fears about contagion in India’s financial sector. IL&FS has initiated the sale of several assets to pay off its debt.

$1 = 70.2775 Indian rupees Reporting by Mekhla Raina in Bengaluru, editing by Louise Heavens

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