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Indian billionaire Gautam Adani is repaying some debt early as he scrambles to finish a rout in shares of his embattled conglomerate that entered a 3rd week on Monday.

In an announcement on Monday, the Adani Group stated its promoters, or controlling shareholders, will probably be paying again loans value $1.11 billion forward of their scheduled maturity in September 2024. The loans had been backed by shares in Adani Ports, Adani Inexperienced Power and Adani Transmission, which have collapsed in worth.

The step was taken in “mild of latest market volatility” and “in continuation of promoters’ assurance to prepay all share backed financing,” the assertion stated.

A brutal inventory market meltdown has wiped over $110 billion off the mixed market worth of companies belonging to the ports-to-power Indian conglomerate in latest weeks. Adani, the founding father of the group, has misplaced over $60 billion in web value because the rout started when an American quick vendor accused him of pulling off “the most important con in company historical past” in a January 24 report.

Whereas the Adani Group has vehemently denied the allegation made by Hindenburg Resarch as “baseless” and “malicious,” traders stay unconvinced.

In its first assertion in the marketplace turmoil, India’s market regulator, the Securities and Alternate Board of India, stated Saturday that it had noticed “uncommon value motion within the shares of a enterprise conglomerate.” It stated that if any data got here to SEBI’s discover, it will be examined and “acceptable motion” could be taken.

The regulator added that it “is dedicated to making sure market integrity.”

A day earlier, the Reserve Financial institution of India stated the banking sector “stays resilient and secure” based mostly on its newest evaluation and pledged to proceed to watch the state of affairs.

There are fears the results of the sell-off is probably not contained to Adani. Indian banks that maintain the group’s belongings may be affected if the worth of these holdings continues to drop.

The regulators’ feedback have accomplished little to assuage traders.

On Monday, Adani Enterprises, the group’s flagship agency, was down 2% in Mumbai. Its inventory value has fallen practically 55% since Hindenburg’s report was printed.

“I nonetheless assume the corporate is priced too excessive, given its fundamentals and earlier than factoring the injury which may have [been] accomplished to the corporate’s repute and long run worth, by this quick promoting episode,” Aswath Damodaran, who teaches company finance and valuation at New York College, wrote in a weblog over the weekend.

Buying and selling in shares of 5 listed Adani companies was suspended Monday after they fell by every day limits set by Indian inventory exchanges. The identical 5 firms had been additionally suspended on Friday for hitting these limits.

In the meantime, shares in Adani Ports, India’s largest non-public port operator, had been up 9%. The corporate operates Mundra Port, typically known as the group’s “crown jewel,” and is situated within the western Indian state of Gujarat.

A lot of the firms within the Adani empire are held intently by the billionaire, his household and related companies, and traders are questing the possession mannequin.

“I’ve likened shopping for shares in a household group firm to getting married, after which having all your in-laws transfer into the bed room with you,” wrote Damodaran. “These dangers enhance, if the household group firms are constructed round political connections, the place you’re one political election loss away your largest aggressive benefit.”

The billionaire is seen as a detailed ally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the saga surrounding his enterprise empire has grow to be the supply of rising political turmoil in New Delhi.

Each males hail from Gujarat, and the businessman has grown his empire in sectors that the prime minister has prioritized for improvement. Rivals have additionally questioned Modi’s use of Adani plane whereas he was campaigning to grow to be prime minister in 2014.

Opposition lawmakers in India have demanded a probe into the Hindenburg report. They staged a protest in parliament on Wednesday whereas the nation’s finance minister offered the annual funds.

Since that day, each homes of parliament have been repeatedly adjourned as lawmakers noisily protested the dearth of debate in regards to the turmoil.

“But once more for the third day in a row, opposition not allowed to even point out in parliament its reputable demand,” for a probe into the Adani row, opposition lawmaker Jairam Ramesh wrote on Twitter. “Modi Govt is just working away!”

In its report, Hindenburg Analysis questioned the “sky-high valuations” of Adani companies and stated their “substantial debt” put your entire group “on a precarious monetary footing.”

Analysts have lengthy expressed worry that the fast growth of Adani companies got here with large danger. The group has been fueled by a $30 billion borrowing binge, making it one of the indebted firms in India.

Adani firms will probably be reporting quarterly outcomes this week. Buyers will probably be poring over these studies for extra clues on the group’s debt state of affairs.

Score companies warned traders final week of the rising dangers associated to the corporate’s future fundraising.

Moody’s stated Friday that the plunge within the shares of Adani firms was more likely to cut back the group’s potential to boost capital. One other company, S&P, minimize the outlook for its scores on two firms, Adani Ports and Adani Electrical energy, to damaging from secure, citing the chance of upper funding prices or decreased entry to capital.

—CNN’s Manveena Suri, and Julia Horowitz contributed reporting.