Tuesday, February 6, 2007

SBI to raise $700 mn from markets overseas by March 2007

The State Bank of India will raise $700 mn by March through placing long- and medium-term bonds overseas. The bank may also go for a follow-on public offer in 2007-08. The borrowing is part of the $2 bn medium term note programme of SBI. It has hired Barclays and Citigroup to sell dollar-denominated bonds. Deutsche Bank and HSBC will also manage the sale. The four banks will also arrange a sale of five-year notes. The bank is raising funds to meet new Central bank rules on capital levels and meet demand for loans. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 21 July permitted banks to increase capital by selling debt overseas. SBI last month increased $300 mn of bonds it sold in December to $500 mn.

Read the Business Standard article.

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