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RIL plans to raise up to Rs10,000 crore in debt

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New Delhi: Reliance Industries Ltd plans to raise up to Rs10,000 crore in debt this fiscal to part fund its $26 billion investment plan.

RIL has sought shareholder nod to raise funds through non-convertible debenture in one or more tranches. The company has scheduled an annual general meeting (AGM) of its shareholders to vote on the issue on 18 June.

“In order to augment long term resources for financing, inter alia, the ongoing capital expenditure and for general corporate purposes, the company may offer or invite subscription for secured/unsecured redeemable non-convertible debentures, in one or more series/tranches on private placement, issuable/redeemable at par,” the company said in its annual report for 2013-14 fiscal.

India’s biggest company is expanding its existing petrochemicals plants and will build new ones to improve margins from its refining business even as it drills more wells to boost slowing oil and natural gas production.

Besides, RIL is constructing a plant that will turn petroleum coke into synthetic gas, which will be used at the oil refineries to lower cost. It also plans to open more retail stores and start a high-speed broadband service.

“We are implementing several projects both in the manufacturing domain and service sector to continue the tradition of creating significant shareholders value,” RIL chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani said in the annual report.

The resolution for fund raising did not elaborate on which of its projects the money would be used.

“We have a strong balance sheet to support our ambitious growth plans,” Ambani said.

RIL has commenced work on all the major value-enhancing projects such as petcoke gasification project and refinery off-gas cracker project (ROGC).

After two years of being a debt-free company on a net level, oil-to-yarn and retail conglomerate once again net debt on its balance sheet.

Its total debt as on 31 March 2014, stood at Rs89,968 crore, up 24.2% from Rs72,427 crore a year ago. It had a cash in hand Rs88,190 crore.

“RIL moved from a net cash position at the beginning of the year, to a marginal net debt level during the course of the year as it drew down on funding to part finance the expansion of its petrochemical capacities and setting up the new gasification plant and refinery off-gas cracker over the next two to three years,” the company said.

The company said it raises capital resources in line with its strategy of extending the average maturity of its long term debt, at a competitive cost and tying up financing at early stages of project execution.

In 2012-13, it tied up facilities of around $3.15 billion equivalent to part finance the petrochemical expansions and petcoke gasification projects. In the following year it raised almost a similar amount.

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