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Shareholders okay Hathway to up borrowings to Rs 1600 crore

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BENGALURU: Indian multi system operator (MSO) Hathway Cable and Datacom has informed the bourses that it has received shareholder approval and passed special resolutions as under:

(1) Special Resolution under Section 180(l)(c) of the Companies Act, 2013 for authorising the Board of Directors of the Company to borrow loans in excess of Paid up Capital and Free reserves of the Company subject to maximum of Rs 1600 crore.

(2) Special Resolution under Section 180(l)(a) of the Companies Act, 2013 for authorising the Board of Directors for creation of Charge / Hypothecation / Mortgage on the movable / immovable properties of the Company for securing the borrowings of the Company subject to maximum limit of Rs 1600 crore.

(3) Special Resolution under Section 186 of the Companies Act, 2013 for authorising the Board of Directors to invest or to provide loans and advances or give guarantees/ securities up to 100 per cent of free reserves and securities premium account or Rs 1,000 crore whichever is higher.

Last June, the company had obtained shareholder approval for borrowing from time to time, as it may think fit, any sum or sums of money not exceeding Rs 1400 crore in aggregate or equivalent thereto in any foreign currency to meet fund requirements for effective implementation of Digital Addressable System (DAS) and broadband capital expenditure.

The shareholders of the company in August 2013, had also given a nod to permitting the company to issue preferential equity shares aggregating Rs 109.9 crore for 38.7 lakh fully paid up equity shares to Asia Holding Investments IV (Mauritius) Limited and 14.05 lakh fully paid up equity shares aggregating at about Rs 39 crore to Hathway Investments Private Limited (which is a promoter group company) of face value of Rs 10 each at a premium of Rs 274 per share.

Hathway’s consolidated EBIDTA for FY-2014 was Rs 311.19 core and Rs 274.1 crore in FY-2013. During FY-2014, Hathway reported a standalone loss of Rs 125.25 crore and a consolidated loss of Rs.111.111 crore as compared to a standalone profit of Rs 3.2 crore and a consolidated profit of Rs 15.7 crore in FY-2013.

The company has paid Rs 92.52 crore towards finance cost in FY-2014 as compared to the Rs 46.14 crore in FY-2013.

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