Vodafone Idea Secures ₹2,000 Crore Loan From HDFC Bank To Settle Dues

Vodafone Idea, a joint venture of Vodafone Group and Aditya Birla Group, recently secured a ₹2,000 crore loan from HDFC Bank. The aim is to clear its outstanding dues. This loan is part of the company's efforts to manage its financial strain due to mounting dues and intense competition in the telecom sector.

The loan's primary purpose is to settle the debts owed to government, banks, and other creditors, reinforcing the company's working capital. It spans 3 years, extendable to five, and repayment is due by December 2023.

The loan addresses critical financial hurdles faced by Vodafone Idea. The company encountered substantial losses, primarily due to its significant Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) dues and other taxes. The loan from HDFC Bank is earmarked to alleviate the burden, specifically aiding in paying off a part of the AGR dues.

Telecom has been enduring financial crises due to stringent competition and hefty penalties imposed by the government. Vodafone Idea's loan from HDFC Bank reflects a positive outlook on the company's repayment ability. It's a hopeful sign amid the company's ongoing financial challenges. Coupled with the loan, Vodafone Idea is exploring strategies like asset monetization to address its pending dues, making steady strides toward clearing its debts by December 2023.