Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) today announced raising of USD 1 billion (about Rs 6,700 crore) by selling bonds to overseas investors.
Initially announced for USD 500 million, the issue was upsized to USD 1 billion based on strong demand from the investors, Exim Bank said in a statement.
The issue attracted a total order book in excess of USD 2.50 billion from over 157 investors. This was the largest issuance ever for Exim Bank and also the largest single tranche issuance out of India in 2016, it claimed.
“The bank is the closest proxy to sovereign in the international markets and the 10 year issuance was based on investors’ feedback, so that benchmark 10 year curve out of India could be established,” Exim Bank Chairman and Managing Director Yaduvendra Mathur said.
The funds thus raised will be used by the bank to support Indian project exports, overseas investment by way of long term credit and its lines of credit portfolio, he said.
Having initially marketed the deal at 210 basis points over US Treasuries, the bank was able to achieve a final pricing of 187.5 basis points over US
Treasuries, to yield 3.383 per cent on a coupon of 3.375 per cent resulting in negative new issue premium against a very strong market backdrop, he added.
Yield achieved on the bonds is the lowest on a USD 500 million deal by an Indian entity since 2000, he claimed.
Exim Bank aims to promote India’s international trade and investment.
The bank supports Indian exporting companies, especially medium-sized enterprises, in their globalisation efforts through a variety of lending programmes.