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Mobile operator Cell C defaults on interest payments for R2.7bn loan

Jan 28 2020 12:54
Jan Cronje

Mobile operator Cell C has defaulted on an interest payment on a $184m loan (about R2.7bn at current exchange rates) which was due in December 2019, according to a notice from its key shareholder Blue Label Telecoms Limited.

In a statement to shareholders on Tuesday, Blue Label said Cell C had also defaulted on interest and capital repayments related to the respective bilateral loan facilities between Cell C and Nedbank Limited, China Development Bank Corporation, Development Bank of Southern Africa Limited and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited, which were due in January 2020.

Blue Label's share price plunged by almost 12% at 12:30. 

"Currently, none of the bilateral loan facilities have been accelerated as noteholders are aware and support that Cell C is committed to resolving the situation by agreeing to restructuring terms with its lenders while it also continues to work proactively with all stakeholders to improve its liquidity, debtprofile and long-term competitiveness," Blue Label said. 

In a brief separate media statement, Cell C said that the suspension of payments was part of wider Cell C initiatives to "improve liquidity and to restructure the company’s balance sheet". 

"Cell C continues to work proactively with all stakeholders to improve its liquidity, debt profile and long-term competitiveness as part of its turnaround strategy," it said. 

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