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India's RCom stock sinks to lowest-ever as firm asks bankruptcy court to resolve debt

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Feb 4 () - India'sReliance Communications Ltd on Monday moved the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) to withdraw its appeal in a dispute with Ericsson as it seeks to pursue a debt resolution plan through the country's bankruptcy court.

Mumbai-based RCom, controlled by Anil Ambani, said on Friday it will seek fast-track resolution of its debt through the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), the country's court that deals with bankruptcy cases.

The NCLAT on Monday asked Ericsson to file a response by Feb. 8 and scheduled a hearing for Feb. 12.

In May 2018, the NCLAT put on hold insolvency proceedings against RCom as part of a settlement and asked it to pay Ericsson5.5 billion rupees ($81.5 million) by the end of September.

Ericsson declined to comment on RCom's latest debt resolution plans and was not immediately available to comment on RCom's latest appeal.

RCom said on Friday it approached the NCLT as lack of regulatory approval for asset sales as well as pending cases at the Supreme Court and Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) hampered efforts to sell its assets.

Under the court-led restructuring, which it aims to complete within nine months, RCom said on Sunday it will continue to pursue monetising its assets via the sale of all telecom infrastructure assets and spectrum.

The company has reported a string of losses during a price war, triggered by the entry of Reliance Industries' telecoms venture Jio, owned by Mukesh Ambani - Asia's richest person and Anil Ambani's elder brother.

RCom has been left owing banks $7 billion as of March 2017, when it last made its debt level public, and more to vendors.

Separately, after-market hours on Monday, RCom said TDSAT has exempted a one-time spectrum charge (OTSC) on the telecom company's spectrum holdings in CDMA and GSM bands.

TDSAT has also directed the Department of Telecommunications to return a 20 billion rupees ($278.55 million) bank guarantee, RCom added.

RCom shares plunged as much as 54.3 percent to 5.3 rupees apiece on Monday. Over 378.8 million shares changed hands on Monday, compared with their 30-day average of 73.6 million.

RCom, worth 1.69 trillion rupees ($23.6 billion) at its peak in 2008, is now worth less than $330 million.


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