IL&FS Crisis: Revival Plan Could Include Stake Sales, Says Government Official

The official, who declined to be named, ruled out any budgetary support for IL&FS, an infrastructure financing and building company.

IL&FS Crisis: Revival Plan Could Include Stake Sales, Says Government Official

State-owned firms own nearly 40% of Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS)

New Delhi/Mumbai:

The new board of debt-laden Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) will come up with a revival plan for the lender that could include selling stakes in some of its businesses, a government official said.

The official, who declined to be named, ruled out any budgetary support for IL&FS, an infrastructure financing and building company, which has 348 businesses and debts of Rs 91,000 crore ($12.39 billion). State-owned firms own nearly 40 per cent of the company.

(Also read: IL&FS board appoints advisers for debt resolution plan)

In a court-led process, the government this month replaced IL&FS's board with six industry professionals to tackle the debt crisis at the company which has spooked markets and triggered fears for the stability of India's shadow banking sector.

"We are confident that the new management will come up with a roadmap for the revival of the company," the official told news agency Reuters on Monday. "The government will not give any money from its budget."

Finance Ministry spokesman DS Malik declined to comment.

The official said state-controlled Life Insurance Corp of India (LIC), which holds a 25.34 per cent stake in IL&FS, could pump more money into the troubled company.

The revival plan could include selling big stakes in its businesses, including IL&FS Financial Services and IL&FS Energy Development, or even "closing" them, the official said.

He said the government could also ask state-run road developer, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), to take over some of IL&FS's incomplete road projects and award them to other companies.

Separately, IL&FS said on Monday that its board had appointed Arpwood Capital and JM Financial Consultants to provide financial and transaction advice.

Arpwood Capital is a boutique investment bank and JM Financial is a financial services group operating across investment banking, asset management and broking.

The IL&FS board also said it had retained consultancy firm Alvarez and Marsal, which was hired by the previous board, as restructuring advisers to the group.

($1 = Rs 73.4650)