Coffee Day Group to clear Rs 4,970 crore debt

Updated: Aug 17, 2019, 15:55 IST | mid-day online correspondent

Of this amount, Rs 4,796 crore is said to be under secured loans and the rest Rs 174 crore under unsecured loans

Coffee Day Group to clear Rs 4,970 crore debt
A file photo of the late Cafe Coffee Day(CCD) owner VG Siddhartha Photo: AFP

Coffee Day Enterprises Ltd (CDEL) assured that total debt of the Coffee Day Group stands at Rs 4,970 crore and all obligations to the lenders will be honoured, on Saturday. Of this amount, Rs 4,796 crore is said to be under secured loans and the rest Rs 174 crore under unsecured loans. The company has announced divestment of Global Village Tech Park, held by its subsidiary Tanglin Developments Ltd for an aggregate consideration of Rs 2,600 crore to 3,000 crores.

"On receipt of the consideration for the sale of Global Village after payment of required statutory payments, the debt position of Coffee Day Group will reduce around by Rs 2,400 crore," the company declared in a statement.

The debt position of Coffee Day Group (excluding Sical Logistics and Magnasoft Consulting) post repayment of debt out of proceeds from the sale of Global Village is expected to be around Rs 1,000 crore in the next 45 days, a PTI report mentioned. "The company expected to have a comfortable position to service the reduced debt obligations," the statement reads.

Sical has reportedly been working on the divestment of certain assets. The proceeds from the divestment are expected to significantly reduce the debt in Sical. "The company is confident that the ongoing divestments will significantly reduce the debt position of Coffee Day Group. The financial position and asset base of the Coffee Day Group will be comfortable to service the debt obligations of the entire group in full," it said in the statement.

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"We reiterate that the debt obligations of the Coffee Day Group will be honoured. We request all the lenders and creditors to give sufficient time to honour the commitments and to unlock the true potential value of the assets. We thank on behalf of 50,000 employees, for whom the Group has provided employment (direct and indirect)."

The founder and owner CDEL, V G Siddhartha's body were found on July 31 after massive search operations near Mangaluru in Karnataka. In a letter written by the enterprising coffee baron, he apologised for letting down people and cited pressure from private equity investors and harassment by tax authorities.

With inputs from PTI

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How Cafe Coffee Day founder VG Siddhartha became a coffee baron
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    VG Siddhartha, founder-owner of the Indian cafe chain, Cafe Coffee Day was found dead on July 31, 2019, almost two days after he went missing near Netravati river in Mangaluru. The police had launched a major search operation in the river to trace him. Siddhartha had been reported missing from Jappinamogaru, which is very close to Netravathi river and just two to three kilometres from the sea

  • 2/8

    Son of a coffee estate owner, VG Siddhartha launched Cafe Coffee Day over two decades ago, in 1993 and created a global brand even before Starbucks forayed into India by expanding it into a retail chain that increased the consumption of coffee in a variety of flavours and brews through around 1,752 outlets, 31,000 vending machines and 12,000 corporate accounts

  • 3/8

    A post-graduate (MCA) in computers from the Mangalore University and a graduate in arts from Mysore University, Siddhartha had set up Coffee Day Global Ltd in order to export coffee beans before foraying into the retail business in different formats across the country

  • 4/8

    Diversifying into new areas of business such as information technology (IT), real estate and other rewarding verticals, Siddhartha floated a stock-broking firm (Sivan Securities) in the mid-1990s and renamed it as Global Technology Ventures in 2000 before he entered into retailing coffee, sourcing the beans from the sprawling 12,000 acres of his ABC Trading firm coffee estates in the state's coffee-growing districts of Chikkamagaluru, Hassan and Kodagu

  • 5/8

    Siddhartha's wife Malavika Hegde, the elder daughter of S.M. Krishna and a non-executive director in the company, has domain expertise in coffee growing, procurement, processing, exporting and retailing. She has also been operating the company's hospitality business and the Yelnoorkhan Estate in Chikkamagaluru, about 250 km northwest of Bengaluru

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    Siddhartha, 60, was the eldest son-in-law of S.M. Krishna, former External Affairs Minister in the UPA-II government (2009-2012). Krishna was also Karnataka's Chief Minister between 1999 and 2004

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    Siddhartha's body was found in Karnataka's Netravathi river by two fishermen. The body was found near Hoige Bazar in trousers but without a shirt. It was identified to be Siddhartha's with a gold ring on his right-hand finger, a watch on his left hand and shoes that he wore when appeared to have jumped off the road bridge.

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    Besides his family members, VG Siddhartha's funeral was attended by many prominent personalities in the world of politics namely S.M. Krishna, B.S. Yediyurappa, Siddaramaiah, H.D. Kumaraswamy, D.K. Shivakumar, K.J. George, H.K. Patil to name a few.

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