Bakrie Telecom unveils debt for equity swap plan

4 Jul 2016

Indonesian telco Bakrie Telecom (BTel) is inching towards the successful completion of its ongoing debt restructuring programme, having secured shareholder approval for a rights issue designed to roughly halve its IDR14.0 trillion (USD1.1 billion) of debt. The Jakarta Post reports that having secured the go-ahead from the Indonesian Financial Services Authority (OJK), BTel will now forge ahead with the debt restructuring plan that will allow China-based Huawei to be a new shareholder of the company; the plan was approved by BTel shareholders last week. Anindya Novyan Bakrie, the president of the ailing company, told the paper that in 2016 BTel will focus its effort on stabilising the business before implementing a new business plan. As part of this, it is converting a mandatory convertible bond worth IDR7.6 trillion into shares. Under the restructuring, investors are being given up to ten years to convert their bonds into BTel shares. If all the bonds are converted, the bondholders will own 55.4% of shares in the Bakrie Group’s telecoms subsidiary. ‘This includes China-based Huawei Group, which will hold around 9% of Bakrie Telecom’s shares,’ said the company’s vice president Taufan E. Rotorasiko.

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