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Vodafone Idea Crisis- 2 Stocks to Watch

Vodafone Idea Crisis- 2 Stocks to Watch

Published on 09 September 2021 Views 142 Comments 0

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has proposed a four-year moratorium on adjusted gross revenue (AGR) and spectrum payments apart from a reduction in spectrum usage charge (SUC) prospectively, among measures to improve the health of the debt-laden sector and retain a three-private player market. Let’s discuss this a bit more and see which are the players which are going to be benefited from this move?

Introduction:

In this article, Specifically we will be discussing about the Vodafone Idea. And will discuss the possibility of the Telecom Sector getting relief from the Government side wherein 4 years of Moratorium period can be implemented by the Government of India for the AGR dues and Spectrum payments. Hence, we will talk about the 2 stocks which should be kept on the radar by the investor, in case of the application of this possibility.

2 Stocks to Watch:

The 2 Direct and major beneficiaries of the possible application of the 4-year Moratorium Plan of AGR and Spectrum Payments are Bharti Airtel and IDFC First Bank. Here Reliance Jio is not considered, as it has not been listed yet.

Vodafone Idea- Debt:

  • The total debt of Vodafone Idea stands at around Rs. 1.9 Lakh Cr.
  • Out of these total liabilities of Rs. 1.9 Lakh Cr., Vodafone Idea (Vi) owes Rs. 1.6 Lakh Cr. to the Government on account of Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) Liability and Deferred Spectrum Payment Obligation.
  • While only Rs. 30,000 Cr. of debt are towards other financial institutions.

What does 4-Year Moratorium Propose by DoT Suggest?

  • Impact of Moratorium on AGR and Spectrum Payments will defer the payments of AGR dues and Spectrum Auction.
  • This will add the interest element to the moratorium, the rate and other factors are not known as of now.
  • One important thing to notice here is, Whether Bharti Airtel will opt for this Moratorium facility despite having a good amount of liquidity.
  • As of now, the possibility of the implementation of these reforms is on account of avoiding any poor situations of NPAs in the financial institutions.
  • This move will especially benefit the Banking, Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs), and Debt Mutual Funds. And the Telecom players for the short-term as well.
  • In the Near term, Vodafone Idea needs to pay the AGR Installments and Spectrum Payments for FY23 of Rs. 23,000 Cr. While the company is having Cash & Cash Equivalent of Rs. 920 CR as of Q1FY22.

Conclusion:

This financial relief from the side of the Government could act as a measure of relief for Vodafone at least for a shorter period. This reform can also be looked out from the viewpoint of causing no or lesser impact to the financial institutions, there should not be further NPAs creation, which can have a cascading impact as well. It will be an interesting thing to watch, how the company performs post application of this reform if applies. Suggested stock in this article should not be taken as direct advice and hence one should consult the financial advisor before making any investment decisions.

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