India Infrastructure Finance Company gets Sebi approval for $1 bn IDF
Financial Services Secretary D K Mittal said the initiative will help develop a bond market for infrastructure sector, which is predominantly dependent on banks for funding.
It will also help banks in managing challenges like asset liability mismatch and exposure constraints which they face in long term infrastructure lending, Mittal said.
Explaining the scheme, Goel said infrastructure developers can raise the bond in the market and IIFCL is giving a partial guarantee to enhance the rating to AA so that provident fund and the insurance sector long term investors can invest into this.
"Today Rs 309 crore bond issue has been approved and it (GMR Jadcherla Expressways Ltd) is going to the market and we are giving about 24 per cent partial guarantee to this bond issue to raise the rating to AA," he added.
Meanwhile, Goel said: "LIC is a very keen partner on investing in these bonds because they were feeling very handicapped, because of the rating particularly."
Insurance and pension firms, as per the investment norms, are not allowed to invest below 'AA' rated bonds.
Goel further said that IIFCL is actively considering more transactions under its Credit Enhancement Scheme.
On the tax free bonds, Goel said, "Our issue has been good. We will be coming up with a second tranche, our aim is to collect at least Rs 5,000 crore in this tax free bonds."
So far, the company has collected about Rs
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