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RCom shares extend losses, fall 3% lower

LiveMint logoLiveMint 08-06-2017 PTI

New Delhi: Shares of Reliance Communications (RCom) fell by more than 3% on Thursday, continuing the downtrend on sluggish investor sentiment after Fitch and Moody’s Investors Service further downgraded the company’s credit ratings.

The stock went down by 3.10% to close at Rs18.75 on BSE. During the day, it declined by 3.61% to Rs18.65. At NSE, shares of the company slipped 3.10% to end at Rs18.75.

On the volume front, 36.59 lakh shares of the company were traded on BSE and over 3 crore shares changed hands at NSE during the day.

In the previous session also the stock had fallen by 4%. Reliance Communications had yesterday rejected credit rating cuts by Moody’s and Fitch as the agencies’ views apply only on its $300 million bonds, which are being serviced regularly.

For the second time in a span of a week, Fitch downgraded RCom to the lowest category with some hope for recovery of principal or interest amount while Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the firm to the second lowest category.

Last week also, the company’s debt was downgraded by these two rating agencies—Fitch and Moody’s Investors Service. Besides, Icra and CARE had also downgraded their ratings on the company’s loan facilities.

RCom’s net debt stood at around Rs 45,000 crore as on March 31 this year. The lenders of the company have given it seven months time to repay debt. Credit rating indicates capability of a company to pay back debt.

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