IL&FS sells 50 pc stake in GIFT City to Gujarat govt, reduces consolidated debt by over Rs 1,200 cr

IL&FS sells 50 pc stake in GIFT City to Gujarat govt, reduces consolidated debt by over Rs 1,200 cr
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Mumbai, Jun 8 () Debt-laden IL&FS on Monday said it has completed the sale of its 50 per cent stake in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City) to the Gujarat government, generating over Rs 32 crore for its equity value and also reducing its consolidated debt by more than Rs 1,200 crore.

The stake in GIFT City was bought by Gujarat Urban Development Company Ltd (GUDCL), on behalf of the Gujarat government.

"IL&FS has duly received Rs 32.71 crore as equity value for shares as a sale consideration," the group said in a press release.
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IL&FS further said the sale will additionally reduce its consolidated debt by Rs 1,230 crore. The group's current outstanding debt is over Rs 94,000 crore.

The stake sale was approved by the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) last month.

GUDCL, as the joint venture partner and the owner of the balance 50 per cent stake in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City Company Ltd (GIFTCL), offered to purchase IL&FS's share in GIFTCL through exercise of a contemplated right of first refusal under the joint venture agreement.
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As per the resolution framework for IL&FS Group, the offer by GUDCL was placed before the committee of creditors (CoC) of the group for its approval, the release said.

Almost 80.09 per cent (by value) of the CoC voted in favour of the proposal, it said. GIFTCL is engaged in the business of real estate development and is developing an international financial services city in the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar region, including design, development, financing, operation and maintenance of the same. HV ANU BJ BJ
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