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RCom resolution plan filed with NCLT

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The resolution plan of RCom, RTL and Reliance Infratel has been filed with the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).

In a regulatory filing with stock exchanges, Reliance Communications Limited (RCom) said that resolution professional of RCom has duly filed the resolution plan as approved by the committee of creditor (CoC) on March 6 with the National Company Law Tribunal, Mumbai Bench.

This is being done in accordance with Section 30(6) of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016. (Reliance Communications Limited is under corporate insolvency resolution process pursuant to the provisions of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.

With effect from June 28, 2019, its affairs, business and assets are being managed by, and the powers of the board of directors are vested in, the Resolution Professional, Anish Niranjan Nanavaty, appointed by National Company Law Tribunal, Mumbai Bench.

The Committee of Creditors (COC) has approved the Reliance Communications (RCom ) resolution plan under which the lenders will receive 70 per cent or Rs 23,000 crore of their total outstanding dues of Rs 33,000 crore.

This is the highest-ever recovery of dues by financial creditors in the telecom sector which has seen the exit or shut down of 11 out of 12 telcos since 2012.

The Resolution plans of Reliance Communication (RCom), Reliance Telecom (RTL), and Reliance Infratel (RITL) have been approved with an absolute majority (100 per cent) by the lenders at the COC meeting, as against the mandatory requirement of 66 per cent.

The 38 lenders of RCOM will recover over 70 per cent or Rs 23,000 crore of their outstanding of Rs 33,000 crore of secured debt.

Jio and UVARC were the highest bidders for RCOM assets at the COC meeting held on 13th January 2019.

Jio had bid Rs 4,700 crore for the tower and fibre assets of Reliance Infratel Limited (RITL). The UVARC had bid Rs 14,000 crore for spectrum, real estate assets as well as the enterprise and datacenter businesses, held in Reliance Communications Ltd (RCom) and Reliance Telecom Ltd. (RTL).

In addition, the lenders will clawback the priority payments of Rs 4,300 crore made to Chinese lenders for Rs 1,300 crore and Indian lenders of Rs 3,000 crore.

The bidders have committed to pay 30% of the proceeds of Rs 7,500 crore within 90 days. The loans of Chinese lenders will reduce by nearly 65 per cent by Rs 8,000 crore from Rs 12,000 crore to Rs 4,000 crore.

This is the highest-ever recovery of dues by financial creditors in the Telecom sector which has seen the exit or shut down of 11 out of 12 telcos since 2012.

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PUBG developer Krafton to raise $3.7 bn via IPO next month

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Krafton, the video game developer behind global hit PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), will raise 4.3 trillion won ($3.7 billion) in its initial public offering (IPO), the company said in a regulatory filing on Thursday.

Krafton said it priced its shares at 498,000 won each at the upper end of the range announced earlier this month.

The listing, scheduled for August 10, is expected to be one of the largest ever on the local bourse. Samsung Life Insurance holds the record for its 4.89 trillion won IPO in 2010, reports Yonhap news agency.

While Krafton had initially sought to raise up to a record 5.6 trillion won, it lowered its pricing band after financial authorities requested revisions to its plan amid controversy of overvaluation.

Krafton has downplayed overvaluation concerns, with the company saying in an online press conference that it is among a few players in the local tech and entertainment industry to hold a significant presence in the global market.

The video game maker has sold over 75 million copies of PUBG for PCs and consoles globally since its launch in 2017.

The mobile version of the battle royale shooter, in which players fight each other until the last survivor, has reached 1 billion downloads globally, excluding China.

Krafton is eyeing active mergers and acquisitions after going public, with plans to spend 70 percent of the funds secured from the IPO in acquiring promising game developers.

The company is looking to expand its video game portfolio with the launch of new in-house mobile game “PUBG: New State” as early as September this year and horror game “Callisto Protocol” next year.

The company is also expanding big in the Indian market.

Developed by Krafton for the Indian audience, the Battlegrounds Mobile India game surpassed 34 million registered users within a week after its release.

Online storytelling platform Pratilipi announced on July 14 that it has raised $48 million in a funding round led by South Korean gaming company Krafton.

The next day, Krafton announced its first esports tournament — Battlegrounds Mobile India Series 2021 — that was kicked off from July 19 with a prize pool of Rs 1 crore.

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‘Toofan’ leads the race as Amazon Prime’s most watched Hindi film in 2021

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In a rare instance, OTT giant Amazon Prime Video has released data, revealing its highest streaming projects within their launch-weeks so far in this year. Actor Farhan Akhtar’s ‘Toofan’ is on top position as the most watched video within first week of its release globally.

According to the data released by the OTT platform, the Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra directorial was watched by more customers on Prime Video India than any other Hindi film in its opening week. The film was viewed in over 3,900+ towns and cities in India and in 160+ countries and territories across the globe.

Besides this, in the local languages catagory, films ‘Narappa’ (Telugu), ‘Sarpatta Parambarai’ (Tamil) and ‘Malik’ (Malayalam), were each watched in over 3,200+ towns and cities in India and in over 150+ countries and territories globally.

In the catagory of web shows, Adarsh Gourav’s ‘Hostel Daze (S2)’ emerged as one of the most loved shows amongst young adults within just a week of its launch, with viewership from 3,600+ towns and cities in India and from over 100+ countries and territories around the world.

The data comes to light as Amazon marked July 26 and July 27 as Prime Days. Prime Day 2021 marked the most Small Medium Businesses (SMBs) selling on Amazon.in ever, as they saw an overwhelming response from Prime members.

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Pandemic pushes digital payments, RBI index up 30%

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The Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions associated with it has pushed up digital transactions in the country.

An indicator to faster adoption of online payment medium is the Reserve Bank of India’s Digital Payment Index. After moving at moderate pace over the years, the index has jumped sharply 30 per cent between March 2020 and March 2021.

The pandemic is one of the reason while people are increasingly preferring digital payment mechanism over physical mode. But improvement in the digital payment infrastructure has also pushed up this adoption.

The RBI had earlier announced construction of a composite Reserve Bank of India – Digital Payments Index (RBI-DPI) with March 2018 as base to capture the extent of digitisation of payments across the country.

The index for March 2021 stands at 270.59 as against 207.84 for March 2020, announced while launching the index on January 1, 2021.

The RBI-DPI index has demonstrated significant growth in the index representing the rapid adoption and deepening of digital payments across the country in recent years, the apex bank said in a statement.

Starting from March 2018, the index stood at 153.47 in March 2019, 173.49 in September 2019. This improved to 207.84 in March 2020, 217.74 in September 2020 and further increased to 270.59 in March 2021.

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