EXIM Bank raises $10 b in LSE bond issue

The Export Import Bank of India has raised $10 billion with a bond issuance on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

The 10-year dollar bonds were nearly two times oversubscribed. The proceeds raised will be used by the EXIM Bank to support Indian project exports, overseas investment by way of long-term credit and its lines of credit portfolio.

"The notes achieved the tightest ever spread over the US Treasury for an Indian entity for a 10-year issuance," LSE said in a statement.

The bond has a 3.897% annual yield, and secured high investor support from across the world, the exchange said.

EXIM Bank Managing Director David Rasquinha said that the institution is a regular issuer in the international debt capital markets and has a largely dollarised loan book.

He said, "This was our second foray to the 144 A market as part of our constant endeavour to further strengthen and foster long term relationships with global investors."

"Through a well-designed and finely executed marketing strategy, we achieved the tightest ever 10-year US treasury spread by an Indian issuer, while simultaneously attracting top quality investors in the order book. Through this issuance, the EXIM Bank has yet again created a liquid benchmark 10-year curve out of India," he added.

EXIM Bank becomes the year's largest quasi-sovereign issuance from Asia in the international debt capital markets.

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