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McLeod-IL&FS settlement likely in two weeks

Kolkata: Bulk tea major McLeod Russel India Ltd and IL&FS are currently engaged in negotiations towards an out-of-court settlement, which is expected to be reached within the next two weeks. The Brij Mohan Khaitan group company is attempting to avoid insolvency through an out-of-court settlement.

IL&FS Infra Asset Management is an asset management company which manages IL&FS Infrastructure Debt Fund and IIDF is a financial creditor of McLeod.

IIDF applied under a provision of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code against McLeod Russel India Ltd with the National Company Law Tribunal, Kolkata Bench. This application has been admitted by the NCLT.

“Our focus remains on reaching a successful out-of-court settlement, and we expect to have an arrangement in place within the next two weeks,” a senior company official told PTI.

The official, however, refused to disclose the details of the negotiations.

In the midst of a corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP), McLeod cannot proceed with the one-time settlement with the bankers in association with Carbon Resources as a possible strategic partner.

Comments from IIDF were not immediately available. IIDF, a financial creditor of McLeod, filed the petition against the company for default in payment of Rs 347.4 crore as on November 12, 2019, of which the principal amount is about Rs 252.66 crore.

McLeod Russel was already exploring options with the city-based Carbon Resources for a one-time settlement of its debt to lenders estimated to be around Rs 1,600 crore. Carbon Resources earlier expressed interest with the McLeod lenders in taking over the company and settling dues.

The group had lost a key company– Eveready Industries India Ltd to the Dabur family in the recent past.

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