Bharti Airtel board approves Rs 21,000 crore rights issue

The board of Bharti Airtel on Sunday accepted fund-raising to the tune of Rs 21,000 crore, mostly to make payments in direction of modified gross revenue (AGR)-connected liabilities due in 2021-22 (FY22).

The board accepted the issuance of equity shares of a facial area value of Rs five each of the company on a rights basis to eligible equity shareholders. The difficulty dimensions is up to Rs 21,000 crore, stated an official statement by Airtel.

The rights difficulty is priced at Rs 535 for every thoroughly compensated-up equity share, including a quality of Rs 530. This translates to a price cut of ten for every cent to the stock’s closing value on Friday (Rs 593.ninety five at the BSE).

The rights entitlement ratio ent­ails just one equity share for just about every fourteen equity shares held by eligible shareholders as on the record date, Airtel stated. As considerably as conditions of payment of the difficulty value are anxious, 25 for every cent is to be compensated on application, equilibrium in two far more additional phone calls as may well be determined by the board or committee of the board, centered on the company’s requirements in an overall time horizon of 36 months.

The company moved Supreme Courtroom (SC) last week, with a overview petition on the AGR difficulty. Airtel has sought correction of arithmetical faults in calculations connected to AGR. On July 23, the SC dismissed the petitions of Vodafone Thought (Vi) and Airtel, trying to get correction of alleged faults in calculating dues connected to AGR.

The Section of Telecommunications (DoT) had arrived at close to Rs 58,000 crore as whole AGR liability for Vi. DoT’s calculation was close to Rs 28,seven-hundred crore far more than Vi’s. Airtel, much too, had contested the DoT calculation of Rs 43,980 crore whole AGR liability for the telco.

Airtel stated it had to fork out Rs thirteen,000 crore far more, obtaining now created a payment of Rs 18,000 crore. The DoT’s calculation exceeded Airtel’s by close to Rs twelve,980 crore.


The SC in October 2019 had sent the verdict on the AGR difficulty for calculating governing administration dues of telecom businesses, these types of as licence price and spectrum usage prices. Just after the top court docket had rejected pleas by Vi, Airtel and Tata Teleservices sought overview of the judgment, more widening the definition of AGR by including non-telecom revenues, the DoT had stated in March, going a plea trying to get staggered payment about twenty years.

Airtel documented a net financial gain of Rs 283.five crore in the to start with quarter finished June of FY22. This was substantially decrease than the consensus estimates, which had pegged the very same at Rs 604 crore. The company had documented a decline of Rs fifteen,933 crore in the year-in the past quarter on account of just one-time provision for dues connected to AGR.

The June quarter financial gain was aided by the sale of tower belongings in Africa for $a hundred seventy five million (or Rs 1,279.six crore). On a sequential basis, the documented financial gain was down 63 for every cent. Additional the board has constituted a specific committee of administrators to come to a decision the other conditions and situations of the difficulty, including difficulty period of time and record date.

The promoter and promoter group of the company will collectively subscribe to the complete extent of their aggregate rights entitlement. In addition, they will subscribe to any unsubscribed shares in the Situation.

The most recent fund raise proposal by Airtel, which is also among the most significant rights troubles from India Inc, follows Vodafone Idea’s rights give of Rs 25,000 crore in April 2019, Airtel’s previous rights give of about Rs 25,000 crore in Might 2019 and last year’s Rs fifty three,a hundred twenty five-crore rights difficulty of Reliance Industries.

Bharti Airtel’s previous rights give of Rs 25,000 crore was priced at Rs 220 for every share, when its share value was hovering close to Rs 318 amounts.

Contemplating the proposed sum of Rs 21,000 crore and the difficulty value of Rs 535 for every share, the company would now be issuing 392.five million contemporary shares. This would translate into a dilution of seven.fifteen for every cent in its equity cash provided the remarkable shares of five,492 million as on June thirty, 2021.