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Future Group Entity Shares Rise Again After Failed Reliance Deal: 10 Points -By ASC


Shares of the Future Group firm sank again when the Reliance deal failed: 10 Points

Shares of the Futures Group company fell back on Tuesday following growing concerns that the group faces bankruptcy risk, despite a surge in the benchmark index and broader Asian stocks trading higher.

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  1. On the BSE Sensex, Future Retail was down nearly 5 percent after falling as much in the previous session. Future Consumer fell more than 12 percent after nearly 20 percent previously, and Future Enterprises was down nearly 10 percent, the same as on Monday.

  2. The share price has slumped since news over the weekend showed Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) had canceled a ₹ 24,713 crore deal after secured creditors of the Future group voted against it.

  3. Guaranteed creditors – primarily banks and financial institutions – of several Futures Group -listed entities voted against the Reliance Retail deal worth ₹ 24,713 crore, according to regulatory filings on Friday. To secure the Reliance deal, Future Retail needed 75 percent approval from its secured creditors, which it failed to obtain.

  4. Future Retail Ltd was on track for bankruptcy after its secured creditors rejected the Reliance deal this week and when the Bank of India started insolvency proceedings last week.

  5. Bank of India has moved the National Companies Law Tribunal (NCLT), filed a petition to initiate insolvency proceedings against debt-ridden Future Retail last week after the company failed to pay it to lenders due to a protracted legal dispute with Amazon.

  6. To avoid bankruptcy, the company’s Future Group has called a meeting of their shareholders, secured and unsecured creditors to seek approval for the deal – in which it plans to sell 19 companies operating in the retail, wholesale, logistics and warehousing segments to Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd. (RRVL).

  7. Amazon Inc. has opposed the Future Group of companies meeting to approve the Reliance deal. Amazon and Future Retail have been in a bitter and long legal battle. Amazon opposes the Future-Reliance deal as it contradicts the 2019 deal with FCPL, the FRL’s organizing entity-through which it acquired a 49 per cent stake in FCPL for about ₹ 1,500 crore.

  8. Amazon also dragged FRL and its organizers to the Singapore International Arbitration Center (SIAC), where the Emergency Arbitrators approved an interim order in favor of Amazon in October 2020, stopping FRL from taking any further action until the case is decided. Amazon has also initiated various litigation against the FRL – before the Delhi High Court, the Supreme Court and the NCLT.

  9. In an example of alleged and counter-criticism between Amazon and Future Retail: FRL has told the Delhi High Court, “for 1,400 crores (the value of the disputed Amazon-Future deal), Amazon has destroyed a company worth ₹ 26,000 crores. Amazon wants to destroy us, and it worked. Amazon has succeeded in what it wants to do. “

  10. Amazon, in response to Reliance Retail’s acquisition of at least 350 store operations after FRL defaulted on its lease payments, has said Future Retail’s asset transfer looks like “Ripley’s; believe it or not,” FRL let go of more than 800 stores without protest.

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