Indian billionaire Gautam Adani’s conglomerate took a group of local bond arrangers on a site visit last week, people familiar with the matter said, after gearing up to sell up to 150 billion rupees ($1.8 billion) worth of debt amid lingering concerns about its corporate governance.
(Bloomberg) — Indian billionaire Gautam Adani’s conglomerate took a group of local bond arrangers on a site visit last week, people familiar with the matter said, after gearing up to sell up to 150 billion rupees ($1.8 billion) worth of debt amid lingering concerns about its corporate governance.
The Adani Group flew the bankers to Mundra in Gujarat to showcase the infrastructure of India’s largest private port and elaborate on the conglomerate’s strong financial conditions and expansion plans, said the people who requested anonymity discussing private matters.
Darashaw & Co., JM Financial Ltd., Nuvama Wealth and Investment Ltd., SBI Capital Markets Ltd., Tipsons Consultancy Services Pvt., Trust Investment Advisors Pvt. and Yubi Group were among those participating in the visit, the people said.
The trip marks Adani Group’s latest effort to reassure markets after months of damage control following US shortseller Hindenburg Research’s January report detailing alleged corporate malfeasance — claims the conglomerate has strongly denied. It is also an indication that the conglomerate is trying to diversify its funding channels by tapping the local capital market.
India’s capital markets regulator is due to compile a report into Adani Group on allegations of impropriety and shortfalls in corporate governance. It sought a 15-day extension for the submission this week.
An Adani spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to Bloomberg’s request for comment. Representatives at Darashaw, JM Financial, Nuvama, SBI Capital, Tipsons, Trust Investment didn’t immediately respond to an emailed request for comment. Yubi declined to comment.
While it remains to be seen whether the gathering will lead to any deal, it shows Adani’s attempt to drive home the view that the Hindenburg attack is a thing of the past and that the priority now is building trust with and confidence among influential and well-connected domestic investment banks.
Adani Enterprises Ltd., the flagship firm, last month raised 12.5 billion rupees through a sale of domestic bonds, its first such local-currency offering since being targeted by the shortseller.
Several global banks are in talks to lend between $600 million and $750 million collectively to the group, as part of discussions to refinance the debt taken to fund its purchase Ambuja Cements Ltd., Bloomberg reported in late July citing people familiar with the matter.
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