Reliance’s proposed business reorganisation credit neutral: Fitch

Fitch Ratings said on Tuesday the proposed reorganisation plan by Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) to transfer its refining, marketing and petrochemical (oil-to-chemicals) businesses to a wholly-owned subsidiary as a step towards facilitating participation by strategic investors in its O2C businesses.”We anticipate the reorganisation will have a neutral impact on RIL’s credit metrics and rating,” it said.The transfer will be on a slump sale basis subject to attaining the requisite approvals. The consideration for transfer will be in the form of long-term interest-bearing debt of 25 billion dollars to be issued by O2C to RIL.RIL’s external debt is proposed to remain with RIL only. As RIL moves its oil refining, petrochemical and 51 per cent stake in a fuel retail subsidiary — among other businesses — to O2C, it will continue to hold businesses like textiles and upstream oil & gas, and will act as an incubator for new growth businesses.The proposed reorganisation eases formation of