Log in
E-mail
Password
Remember
Forgot password ?
Become a member for free
Sign up
Sign up
New member
Sign up for FREE
New customer
Discover our services
Settings
Settings
Dynamic quotes 
OFFON

MarketScreener Homepage  >  Equities  >  NSE India Stock Exchange  >  Reliance Industries Ltd    RELIANCE   INE002A01018

RELIANCE INDUSTRIES LTD

(RELIANCE)
  Report
SummaryQuotesChartsNewsRatingsCalendarCompanyFinancialsConsensusRevisions 
SummaryMost relevantAll NewsPress ReleasesOfficial PublicationsSector newsMarketScreener Strategies

Telcos get 10 years to pay India dues, pain not over for Vodafone

share with twitter share with LinkedIn share with facebook
09/01/2020 | 08:23am EDT
FILE PHOTO: A rickshaw puller speaks on his mobile phone as he waits for customers in front of advertisement billboards belonging to telecom companies in Kolkata

Heavily indebted Indian telecoms firm Vodafone Idea won some reprieve on Tuesday as the country's top court gave mobile carriers 10 years to settle government dues, but the company's longer-term problems are not over.

Vodafone Idea and rival Bharti Airtel, two of India's three major carriers, had asked India's Supreme Court for 15 years to settle their fees.

Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling means companies will have until 2031 to clear their dues, after they missed an original January deadline ordering them to pay roughly $13 billion.

The court also asked telecoms firms to pay 10% of the charges owed by March 31, 2021.

The dues refer to the amount that telecom providers must pay to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for using airwaves and in license fees.

Vodafone Idea - a joint venture between Britain's Vodafone Group Plc and India's Idea Cellular - said in its quarterly earnings statement on Aug. 6 that if it is unable to pay its dues, that could jeopardise its ability to remain in business.

Tuesday's ruling gives it respite but the loss-making company's financial pressures persist, according to telecoms industry executives.

Vodafone Idea's shares plunged as much as 25% after the ruling before closing down 13.2%.

"The window for Vodafone to raise funds, have better models and give paybacks commitment is small which is adding pressure on the stock," said Abhimanyu Sofat, head of research at brokerage IIFL Securities.

Vodafone Idea has paid the government 78.54 billion rupees in telecoms dues, according to regulatory filings, but still owes roughly 500 billion to the government.

It reported its eighth straight quarterly loss in April-June with its gross debt, excluding lease liabilities, at 1.19 trillion rupees ($16.31 billion).

Cut throat competition from Reliance Industries' telecoms venture Jio Infocomm - which launched with free voice and cut-price data in 2016 - hit Vodafone, which also lost subscribers, in an ensuing price war.

Vodafone's customer base fell by 4.7 million to 309.9 million users in May, according to data from India's telecoms regulator.

Separately, the company also owes hundreds of millions of dollars in payments for airwaves and interest on debt.

"They should have been given at least 15 years," said a fund manager at a mutual fund which invests in Vodafone and Bharti Airtel said.

Vodafone Idea did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Bharti Airtel previously said it has paid all its dues which it estimates at 180 billion rupees, but government calculations suggest it still needs to pay another 259.76 billion rupees. Its shares closed 6.5% higher.

"For Bharti Airtel, the (view) that Vodafone Idea is being marginalized is beneficial for them," said Vivekanand Subbaraman of research firm Ambit Capital.

India's newest carrier Jio, controlled by India's richest man Mukesh Ambani, has already cleared its smaller backlog of charges.

India's telecom providers have to pay the DoT nearly 3-5% of their adjusted gross revenue (AGR) in usage charges for airwaves and 8% of AGR as licence fees. They have long disputed the definition of AGR but last year the Supreme Court upheld the DoT's view that the AGR should include all revenue.

By Suchitra Mohanty, Sankalp Phartiyal and Abhirup Roy


Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
BHARTI AIRTEL LIMITED -0.14% 450.8 End-of-day quote.-1.10%
IIFL SECURITIES LIMITED -0.77% 38.85 End-of-day quote.-4.55%
RELIANCE INDUSTRIES LTD 0.81% 2043.65 Delayed Quote.35.15%
VODAFONE GROUP PLC -0.06% 103.44 Delayed Quote.-29.48%
VODAFONE IDEA LIMITED 0.60% 8.4 Delayed Quote.35.77%
share with twitter share with LinkedIn share with facebook
All news about RELIANCE INDUSTRIES LTD
04:25aBSE to consult regulator on Future-Reliance deal after Amazon objection - sou..
RE
01:41aNifty, Sensex rise as IOC, Reliance gain ahead of earnings
RE
10/28Tata Group to buy majority stake in BigBasket for about $1 billion - Economic..
RE
10/26EXCLUSIVE : In fight with Amazon, India's Future Retail sees liquidation if Reli..
RE
10/26India's Future Retail says examining order against Reliance deal
RE
10/26RELIANCE INDUSTRIES : Notice of Board Meeting scheduled to be held on October 30..
PU
10/25India's Future Retail says examining order against Reliance deal
RE
10/25RELIANCE INDUSTRIES : Media Statement by Reliance Retail Ventures Limited
PU
10/23RELIANCE INDUSTRIES : Re-payment of amount due to the holders of Commercial Pape..
PU
10/23India's refinery processing limps to six-month peak
RE
More news
Financials
Sales 2021 5 334 B 71 758 M 71 758 M
Net income 2021 413 B 5 558 M 5 558 M
Net Debt 2021 870 B 11 704 M 11 704 M
P/E ratio 2021 31,7x
Yield 2021 0,32%
Capitalization 12 869 B 173 B 173 B
EV / Sales 2021 2,58x
EV / Sales 2022 1,93x
Nbr of Employees 195 618
Free-Float 50,9%
Chart RELIANCE INDUSTRIES LTD
Duration : Period :
Reliance Industries Ltd Technical Analysis Chart | MarketScreener
Full-screen chart
Technical analysis trends RELIANCE INDUSTRIES LTD
Short TermMid-TermLong Term
TrendsBearishBullishBullish
Income Statement Evolution
Consensus
Sell
Buy
Mean consensus OUTPERFORM
Number of Analysts 28
Average target price 2 188,14 INR
Last Close Price 2 026,90 INR
Spread / Highest target 23,3%
Spread / Average Target 7,96%
Spread / Lowest Target -34,9%
EPS Revisions
Managers
NameTitle
Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani Chairman & Managing Director
Srikanth Venkatachari Joint Chief Financial Officer
Alok Agarwal Joint Chief Financial Officer
Nikhil Rasiklal Meswani Executive Director
Hital Rasiklal Meswani Executive Director
Sector and Competitors
1st jan.Capitalization (M$)
RELIANCE INDUSTRIES LTD35.15%172 926
EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION-52.75%133 485
CHINA PETROLEUM & CHEMICAL CORPORATION-35.39%65 112
BP PLC-58.98%50 895
NESTE OYJ42.46%39 890
PTT-29.55%28 784