Reliance Naval & Engineering Ltd., controlled by Indian tycoon Anil Ambani, said it is facing an acute cash-flow crunch after orders dried up amid efforts to restructure a pile of debt.
The disclosure in the company’s annual report comes just ahead of a court hearing whether to put the debt-laden company under insolvency proceedings, potentially dealing another blow to the former billionaire’s shrinking empire. His wireless carrier slipped into the bankruptcy earlier this year.
“There is an acute cash-flow crunch as the expected debt resolution is yet to be actualized,” Reliance Naval’s Chief Executive Officer Debashis Bir said in the report. “This is impacting the progress of the existing projects leading to extended timelines and thereby leading to erosion of confidence amongst clients.”
The revival of the shipyard is crucial for Ambani, 60, who’s counting on potential government defense contracts to turn the company’s fortunes around as Prime Minister Naren ..