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MUMBAI, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Shares in India's Suzlon Energy
plunged as much as 45 percent to a record low on
Thursday as investors worried about the wind turbine maker's
debts pared their holdings after a partial stake sale by its
The disposal of a 6.2 percent stake to raise 2.4 billion
rupees ($44.5 million) was part of a debt restructuring process,
Suzlon chief financial officer Kirti Vagadia told Reuters.
"The promoter stake sale is not for any personal purpose but
... for supporting the company. The promoters are fully
committed to the company," he said.
"The business fundamental of the company is intact. We are
getting very good orders."
Suzlon shares tumbled as much as 44.9 percent to 13.35
rupees before closing down 34 percent against a broader market
fall of 1.8 percent.
"The overall market was weak today and the news about the
promoters stake sale added fuel to the fire," said Jagannadham
Thunuguntla, equity head at SMC Global Securities.
"Investors remain worried about the company's debt profile."
Suzlon's lenders last month approved a plan to restructure
$1.8 billion of debt after the company defaulted on a $200
million convertible bond redemption last October.
The company had net debt of about $2.5 billion at the end of
Vagadia said the founders group - which includes Suzlon
Chairman Tulsi Tanti and other associated individuals and firms
- would put fresh money into the company.
"By selling certain shares we can get funds for the
company," Vagadia said, adding he did not expect the founders to
sell more stock in the near future.
After the sale, the founders' stake has fallen to 44.5
percent, according to stock exchange filings.
Suzlon, squeezed by debt payments, tight working capital and
falling global demand for turbines, has lost money for the past
It has been looking to sell non-core assets to cut
borrowings and the "debt management side" was progressing well,
Vagadia said, without giving details.
($1 = 53.8775 Indian rupees)
(Reporting by Sumeet Chatterjee and Indulal PM; Editing by