The National Company Law Tribunal has approved the withdrawal of merger deal between Reliance Communications and Aircel, as per a regulatory filing. Also Read - RCom concludes sale of 'media nodes' to Reliance Jio for Rs 2,000 crore
“The National Company Law Tribunal, Mumbai Bench (NCLT) has passed orders dated October 13, 2017 approving withdrawal of … the Scheme of Arrangement between the Company, Reliance Telecom Limited (RTL), Aircel Limited, Dishnet Wireless Limited, Deccan Digital Networks Private Limited, South Asia Communications Private Limited and their respective shareholders and creditors for demerger of wireless business of the Company and RTL to Aircel…,” RCom said in a BSE filing today. Also Read - RCom group head count falls 94% to 3,400 people
The order also approved the withdrawal of demerger of tower business of Reliance Infratel to Towercom Infrastructure, the filing said. RCom, which is reeling under a debt of about Rs 46,000 crore, had called off merger talks with Aircel, citing “legal and regulatory” delays and “various interventions by vested interests”.
RCom also blamed high level of competition as one of the reasons for termination of the merger talks. The company said that unlimited free voice offers and “irrational pricing” by all industry participants have destroyed the profitability of traditional 2G and 3G mobile business.
It was claimed that with the deal the debt of RCom will come down to around Rs 20,000 crore, while that of Aircel to around Rs 4,000 crore.