Vodafone Group announces that it has accelerated a payment of US$200 million to Vodafone Idea, which was due in September 2020 under the terms of the contingent liability mechanism (“CLM”) with Vodafone Idea.
Vodafone Group has accelerated this payment to provide Vodafone Idea with liquidity to manage its operations, and to support the approximately 300 million Indian citizens who are Vodafone Idea customers as well as the thousands of Vodafone Idea employees during this phase of emergency health measures, taken as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following the decision by India’s Supreme Court on the definition of Adjusted Gross Revenue (“AGR”) in October 2019, India’s telecoms operators became liable for licence fees, penalties and interest dating back over 14 years. Vodafone Idea has made payments to the Government of India in relation to its AGR liabilities. Under the terms of the CLM, Vodafone Group is obliged to make payments to Vodafone Idea where amounts paid pursuant to the contingent liabilities of Vodafone India exceed those of Idea Cellular. The CLM took effect at completion of the merger of Vodafone India and Idea Cellular in August 2018.
Notes to editors:
As part of the agreement to combine its subsidiary, Vodafone India, with Idea Cellular Limited (‘Idea’) in India, which completed on 31 August 2018, Vodafone Group, Aditya Birla Group and Idea agreed that Vodafone Group and Vodafone Idea would reimburse each other on set dates for certain identified pre-merger liabilities and assets that could crystallise in future. The mechanism, which was disclosed in Vodafone’s results announcements and report and accounts, regulates terms for payments in relation to these liabilities and assets as they are paid or received by Vodafone Idea. Vodafone Group’s potential exposure under this mechanism is limited to Rs. 84bn (€1.0bn).
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