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  • Bharti Airtel has issued the following statement following revision in credit ratings by Moodys Investor Services with respect to debt instruments of the company.

    Bharti Airtel and its businesses continue to be diversified and strong. While Africa and nonmobile businesses in India exhibit healthy momentum, the continuing trend of robust growth in data volumes in India and also the imminent recovery in voice tariffs will further help overall business going forward.

    Our focus is to maintain an optimum capital structure at all times and enhance our financial strength. The companys capital structure has already benefitted from the recent equity infusions via the marque investors in our Africa business as also infusion in India DTHbusiness, totaling to $ 1.7 Bn. In line with our conservative philosophy, we continue to explore other equity driven initiatives including a planned listing of African operations and also any tower stake sale post the merger of Infratel and Indus. All of these, and more, shall provide further robustness to the capital structure.

    With the Africa debt (including the acquisition debt) already reduced to $ 3.5 bn due to the above initiatives (and prior to planned IPO), as also the fact that $ 6 Bn of debt in India is under 16 year deferred spectrum payments, the overall debt situation is already comfortable and the planned initiatives will further benefit.

    Also, the board of the Company had recently formed a fund raising committee whose recommendations have been noted by the board and these shall be considered at its meeting convened for 28 February 2019.

    The company continues to be rated as Investment Grade by two of the global rating agencies - Fitch Ratings and Standard and Poors.

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