Friday, July 27, 2012

Foreign investors lap up SBI dollar bonds

Mumbai, July 26: The country’s largest lender, State Bank of India (SBI), has raised $1.25 billion from investors abroad at 4.125 per cent, for five years. This was the second largest single tranche bond sale that garnered overwhelming response, despite recent concerns expressed by international credit rating agencies on the country’s economy.

SBI’s dollar-denominated bonds were subscribed 5.4 times. They got $6.8 billion from around 350 accounts spread over Asian, European and US investors. The lead managers to the issue were Deutsche Bank, Citibank, Barclays, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan and UBS.

In 2010, SBI had raised $1 billion for five years at 4.5 per cent.

“This issuance has certainly provided a window of opportunity to other high-quality Indian issuers to tap the international bond markets,” said Rajiv Nayar, head of capital markets origination at Citi India. He said the SBI notes were priced at the lowest ever coupon...


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