October 17, 2019 / 4:41 PM / a month ago

India's DHFL reports $29 million loss in June quarter

FILE PHOTO: A woman walks past a signboard of Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd. (DHFL) outside its office on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, January 31, 2019. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s Dewan Housing Finance Corp Ltd (DHFL) filed long-delayed audited results for the quarter ended June 30 on Thursday showing the company under financial stress as fresh loan disbursements stopped.

One of India’s biggest housing finance companies, DHFL posted a net loss of 2.06 billion rupees ($28.96 million) during the quarter compared with a profit of 4.35 billion rupees ($61.15 million) in the same period a year earlier.

The Central Depository Services had frozen DHFL’s promoter shareholding after the company did not report results for the first quarter of FY20 in the stipulated time.

“The Company is undergoing substantial financial stress since (the) second half of the previous financial year,” the management said.

It said a rating downgrade to “default” earlier this year had hit the company’s ability to raise funds and lending operations.

Bankers have said DHFL owes almost 1 trillion rupees ($14.05 billion) as debt to banks, mutual funds and insurance companies. The banks are working on a resolution plan to restructure the loans given to DHFL to ensure it survives.

The proposed plan involves conversion of debt into equity for lenders and also includes giving them a 51% stake in the company. The lenders are likely to vote on the resolution plan soon, Rajkiran Rai, chief executive officer of Union Bank, said on Wednesday, without providing a time frame.

Reporting by Nupur Anand and Manoj Kumar; Editing by Howard Goller

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