Essar Steel in Bank of India’s NPA sale list
Bank of India (BoI) on Wednesday put on sale its exposures to Essar Steel, Bhushan Power and Steel and Alok Industries along with 38 other non-performing assets (NPAs) worth a total Rs 8,831 crore. Although Essar Steel has attracted a fairly reasonably bid of Rs 42,000 crore from ArcelorMittal, BoI is probably concerned about the delay in the resolution process. All three accounts, part of the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) first list of large NPAs, remain unresolved over a year since the list was issued amid several rounds of litigation. BoI’s exposure to Essar Steel, including foreign currency loans to its Cayman Islands subsidiary, stands at Rs 1,492 crore.
All the accounts are being offered on a 100% cash basis and for the Bhushan Power and Essar Steel accounts, BoI also intends to retain an equity stake to benefit from an upside. So far, a full resolution has been reached only in the cases of Bhushan Steel, Electrosteel Steels and Monnet Ispat& Energy from the first RBI list of 12 accounts.