Piramal Group chairman announces payment consideration and merger with Dewan Housing Finance

Piramal Capital and Housing Finance Ltd. (PCHFL)

Piramal Enterprises Limited today made an announced pertaining to the payment of consideration for the acquisition of Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd. (DHFL), marking the first successful resolution under the IBC route in the financial services sector.

The official communique from the firm terms it as the largest resolutions till date, setting the precedent for future resolutions in the sector, in value terms.

Speaking on the occasion, Ajay Piramal, Chairman, Piramal Group said, “We are very pleased to announce the consideration payment made towards the completion of this exciting acquisition. This accelerates our plans to become a leading digitally oriented, diversified financial services conglomerate that focuses on serving the financial needs of the unserved and underserved customers of our country.

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Anand Piramal, Executive Director, Piramal Group said, “The combined entity will have 301 branches, 2,338 employees and over 1 million lifetime customers. We will be a dominant player in the fast-growing affordable housing segment. Over the last two years we have successfully built our next-gen technology platform, advanced analytics engine and AI/ML capabilities. This acquisition allows us to implement these technologies across a much larger base of customers. The new merged entity is poised to be at the forefront of the digital-first retail lending market in India.”

In January 2021, 94% of the Creditors of DHFL voted in favor of Piramal’s resolution plan. Approvals were also obtained from the RBI, CCI and NCLT for the completion of this transaction. As a part of the process, Piramal Capital and Housing Finance Ltd. (PCHFL) will amalgamate with DHFL. The merged entity will be 100% owned by Piramal Enterprises Limited.

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