Tuesday, April 10, 2007

IIFC to raise $500 mn through the ECB route; Standard Chartered appointed as lead arranger

India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFC) will raise $500 mn through the external commercial borrowings (ECB) route. Standard Chartered Bank will be the lead arranger to the issue. The funds are being raised for a period of 10 years. The resource will be used for financing some major infrastructure projects in the country.

During 2007-08, IIFC, a wholly-owned special purpose vehicle of the Indian government for core sector lending, intends to sanction some 46 projects, aggregating Rs. 15,000 crores and disburse nearly Rs. 3000 crores. A major chunk of this Rs. 3000 crores funding requirement will be met through overseas borrowings.

IIFC’s paid-up capital is Rs. 100 crores. It sanctions loans up to 20% of the project cost. Out of the 46 projects which are under the IIFC’s consideration, 31 are road development ventures, 12 are power projects, 2 are port-related infrastructure ventures, while 1 is an airport project. To ensure proper usage of funds, IIFC has appointed ICRA to work out a detailed business roadmap. ICRA is expected to submit the report within a month. It will also recommend an HRD strategy suited to IIFC’s needs.

Apart from some of major infrastructure projects, IIFCL is also working with the municipal corporations and urban local bodies to develop urban infrastructure projects. IIFC has tied up with IDBI, Canara Bank and IL&FS to create a Rs. 3000 crore-pooled municipal debt obligation (PMDO) facility. The fund will be channelized for urban infrastructure development.

Read more in The Economic Times article.
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