ICICI Bank hits overseas debt market with $500-million issue

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New Delhi | March 2, 2017 6:31 PM

"The benchmarket issue will be sold through the Dubai International Finance Centre branch of the bank, and the lead-managers have given a price guidance of 1.55 per cent over the US treasury," merchant bankers told

Private sector lender ICICI Bank today hit the overseas debt market with a USD 500-million dollar-denominated bond issue and is expected to close the 5.5-year issue tonight. (Reuters)

Private sector lender ICICI Bank today hit the overseas debt market with a USD 500-million dollar-denominated bond issue and is expected to close the 5.5-year issue tonight. “The benchmarket issue will be sold through the Dubai International Finance Centre branch of the bank, and the lead-managers have given a price guidance of 1.55 per cent over the US treasury,” merchant bankers told PTI here today. They said the issue is part of ICICI Bank’s USD 7.5 billion global medium-term notes programme. Global rating agencies S&P and Moody’s have rated the proposed senior unsecured notes at ‘BBB-‘ and Baa3, respectively.

Assigning ‘BBB-‘ rating to the debt instrument, S&P said the rating on the notes reflects the long-term issuer credit rating on the largest private sector bank in the country. Moody’s Investors Service said the Baa3 rating to the proposed RegS notes issued under its USD7.5 billion MTN programme will have a maturity of 5.5 years and will be listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange. Moody’s has also given a positive outlook on the ratings. The US securities Commission debars resident American investors from investing in Regulation S (RegS) debt issued by overseas entities.

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Since the past two years, debt raising by domestic companies have been on a low gear given the poor investment climate here. Nearly half a dozen companies raised around USD 1.82 billion from overseas markets in January this year. Out of this, USD1.40 billion were foreign debt in January and the rest were funds raised via rupee-denominated bonds, according to the Reserve Bank data. While Rural Electrification Corporation raised USD 400 million for on-lending under the ECB route, NTPC mopped up USD 531.2 million and Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone raised USD 500 million.

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