RCom Shares, Bonds Fall After Ericsson's Insolvency Petition

Ericsson is seeking a total of Rs 1,155 crore from RCom and two of its subsidiaries.

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RCom Shares, Bonds Fall After Ericsson's Insolvency Petition

Reliance Communications, widely known as RCom, reported its third quarterly loss in a row last month.

Shares in Reliance Communications fell as much as 2.3 percent in early trading on Thursday, a day after the Indian arm of Ericsson filed a petition seeking to drag the debt-laden telecom firm into insolvency due to unpaid dues.

The Swedish telecoms equipment maker, which signed a seven-year deal in 2014 to operate and manage Reliance Communications' nationwide network, is seeking a total of Rs 1,155 crore from the company and two of its subsidiaries.

Reliance Communications, widely known as RCom, reported its third quarterly loss in a row last month. It is trying to find ways to cut debt after lenders gave it a reprieve on loan repayments until the end of 2017.

Reliance Communications' bonds also fell in early trading on Thursday, with its 6.5 per cent bonds due 2020 indicating at 55/60 cents on the dollar, versus earlier indicating at 57/62 on the dollar.

"This seems like the first salvo has been fired but Ericsson is unlikely to push RCom to bankruptcy," said a Hong Kong-based trader.

Ericsson is protecting its own interests and this could open the door for negotiation later, "but I do expect some selling particularly from private banking bondholders," the trader said.
 
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