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Vodafone Idea to defer payment of AGR dues

The company said the fresh demand of Rs 8,837 crore is subject to revision on account of the disposal of various representations
Vodafone Idea (VIL) in the filing said that its board of directors “has approved the exercise of the option of deferment of the AGR-related dues by a period of four years with immediate effect
Vodafone Idea (VIL) in the filing said that its board of directors “has approved the exercise of the option of deferment of the AGR-related dues by a period of four years with immediate effect
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PTI   |   New Delhi   |   Published 24.06.22, 02:07 AM

Debt-ridden telecom operator Vodafone Idea has decided to defer payment of additional adjusted gross revenue dues of Rs 8,837 crore for a period of four years.

The company in a late-night filing on June 22 said the department of telecommunications (DoT) on June 15, has raised the adjusted gross revenue (AGR) demand for additional two financial years beyond 2016-17, which were not covered under the Supreme Court order on the statutory dues.

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Vodafone Idea (VIL) in the filing said that its board of directors “has approved the exercise of the option of deferment of the AGR-related dues by a period of four years with immediate effect, in accordance with the said telecom department letter. The amount of the AGR-related dues as stated in the said DoT letter is Rs 8,837 crore, which are subject to revision on account of the disposal of various representations”.

The government calculates its share of the revenue from telecom operators based on their adjusted gross revenue, which is considered to have been earned by them from the sale of services. The VIL filing said that the DoT has offered the company a moratorium of four years for all AGR-related dues up to financial year 2018-19, which were not included in the Supreme Court order dated September 1, 2021 which can be exercised within a period of 15 days by June 30.

“The said DoT letter also provides the company an option for equity conversion of interest dues upfront for these AGR-related dues for which a period of 90 days has been provided from the date of the said DoT letter,” Vodafone Idea said.

The company said the fresh demand of Rs 8,837 crore is subject to revision on account of the disposal of various representations, CAG, special audit and any other outcome of litigation and “the final amount to be paid in six equal annual installments post moratorium period starting from March 31, 2026”.

The government has already approved  Vodafone Idea’s proposal to convert about Rs 16,000 crore interest payment dues of the previous AGR moratorium into around33 per cent stake in the company.

According to official data, telecom operators owe over Rs1.65 lakh crore to the government in adjusted gross revenue up to the financial year 2018-19. The fresh calculation shows AGR liability on Bharti Airtel was Rs 31,280crore, Vodafone  Idea Rs 59,236.63 crore, Reliance JioRs 631 crore, BSNL Rs 16,224crore, MTNL Rs 5,009.1 crore up to the financial year 2018- 19.

The company in a separate filing said that its board has approved raising of Rs 436.21crore from  Vodafone  Group company Euro Pacific Securities through the issue of preferential shares at a unit price of Rs 10.2 apiece or warrants at the same price. 

Meanwhile, Vodafone Idea will seek shareholders’ nod to raise Rs 436 crore from its promoter group Vodafone in an extraordinary general meeting to be held on July 15, the company said in a regulatory filing on Thursday.



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