RIL to carve-out its oil-to-chemicals business by Q2 FY22

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New Delhi: Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) proposes to carve out its oil-to-chemicals (O2C) business into a separate wholly-owned subsidiary by second quarter of FY22.

The process would result in the formation of a new firm  Reliance O2C Ltd  where the company intends to rope in Saudi national oil company Aramco by selling up to 20 per cent equity.

In a late-night filing at bourses, RIL said that the proposed reorganization of its O2C business will not result in any change in shareholding structure in the company. The shareholding will remain the same with the promoter group holding 49.14 per cent, domestic individual investors (public) holding a 12.54 per cent, foreign institutional investors (public) holding a 24.49 per cent and others holding the remaining 13.83 per cent.

Further down in the organisational chain, the new O2C subsidiary will hold a 51 per cent stake in Reliance BP Mobility, while BP will hold the remaining 49 per cent stake. It will also hold a 74.9 per cent stake in Reliance Sibur Elastomers Pvt Ltd, while Sibur will hold the remaining 25.1 per cent stake.

The subsidiary will hold the entire 100 per cent stake in Reliance Global Energy Services Singapore (Pte) Ltd, Reliance Global Energy Services Ltd (UK) and Reliance Ethane Pipeline Ltd.

Apart from the O2C subsidiary, RIL will continue to hold 85.1 per cent stake in its other subsidiary Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd. It will also hold 67.3 per cent in Jio Platforms Ltd while having interest in oil and gas and other segments through separate verticals, RIL said that its O2C Scheme has become effective from January 1, 2021 and required regulatory approval from SEBI and stock exchanges has already been received.

It also needs approvals from shareholders and creditors, regulatory authorities and Income-Tax Authority, and National Company Law Tribunal’s (NCLT) Mumbai and Ahmedabad benches.

It said that the scheme for reorganization has been filed with NCLT on February 3, 2021; Shareholder and creditor meeting will be held in Q1 FY22, and the company Expects to receive an order from NCLT Mumbai and NCLT Ahmedabad by Q2 FY22.

Following the reorganization, the management control of O2C will continue to rest with RIL. No dilution of earnings or any restriction on cash flows is expected, while RIL is expected to retain its investment-grade international (BBB+/ Baa2) and domestic AAA credit ratings, RIL said in its filing.

The reorganization creates an independent, global scale growth engine for RIL, with strong cash flow generation potential, and there will be no impact on RIL’s consolidated financials, RIL said, Consideration for O2C assets funded by interest- bearing loan from RIL to O2C.

The O2C current balance sheet shows a loan of $25 billion extended by RIL in its books. O2C to pay floating rate interest linked to 1-year SBI MCLR rate.

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