KARACHI: Creditors are expected to restructure TeleCard’s outstanding Rs 700 million TFC loan soon, which would pave the way for regulatory approvals for the planned IPO of its subsidiary, Supernet, the company said. The company had raised 2.4 billion rupees through its TeleTFC, so far repaying 1.7 billion rupees to creditors.
The company has been in talks with its TFC holders for the said restructuring for several months. “The Company has the support of its board of directors and the TFC holders for the restructuring and is now able to quickly complete the formalities,” they said.
A recent stock exchange filing by the company saying it was renegotiating its TFC with creditors had raised concerns among investors about its financial ability to settle the outstanding obligation, with its share losing more than 20% of his price. It was also feared that he would delay his next plans to register his subsidiary on the PSX.
“Telecard decided to explore the option of a separate listing of Supernet Limited, its wholly owned subsidiary in April of this year. We see that an IPO of Supernet will help the company accelerate its growth trajectory, expand its lines of business and create value. for all stakeholders. “
“TeleTFC has been an outstanding issue for some time. The issue had been restructured in January 2016 with the expectation that it would be paid off in full by December 2020. However, due to the difficult business circumstances to which the company has been faced during this period, the liabilities could not be discharged, “company sources said.
“The company has the capacity to pay the unpaid amount from its own consolidated cash flows and plans to do so under the restructured terms. Additionally, Supernet’s (SNL) IPO is in line with our efforts to grow the business, seek new revenue streams, and create fiscal space and value for its stakeholders. “
Over the past two years, all publicly traded IT companies, including TeleCard, have performed well. TeleCard’s share price went from a low price of Rs 1.35 to a 52-week high of Rs 25.1. “TeleCard and its subsidiaries have expanded to provide voice, data to broadband and internet connectivity through multiple technologies and offer cybersecurity solutions, cloud services and IT infrastructure services, security monitoring and power systems to its customers.
The Telecard Group is well positioned to go beyond connectivity and is well positioned to take advantage of global digitization and emerging technologies and businesses. “
Telecard’s financial performance has improved significantly over time as evidenced by negative EPS of Rs 0.25 in FY20 to EPS of Rs 1.12 in the first three quarters of fiscal year 21 to March. “Pakistan is experiencing an exponential growth of digital startups and fintechs with enormous potential for exporting services.
Coupled with a pool of talented human resources in IT and digital technologies and services, the country is experiencing renewed interest in financing startups via foreign funds and an interest in BPO outsourcing. All of this requires a digital infrastructure and backbone. TCL Group has positioned itself as a facilitator for companies interested in being a part of this rise in digitization and BPO outsourcing services. “
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