ADB Raises $118 Million From Rupee-Linked Bonds
A customer holds Indian one hundred rupee banknote in India. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

ADB Raises $118 Million From Rupee-Linked Bonds

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The Asian Development Bank on Wednesday said it has raised Rs 850 crore ($118 million) from a new issue of offshore Indian rupee-linked 10-year bonds.

This represents ADB's first new maturity raised in Indian rupees since 2017 and contributes to an established yield curve which stretches from 2021 through 2030 with Rs 7,240 crore ($1 billion) of outstanding bonds, said the multilateral lending agency in a statement.

ADB's India rupee bonds have been a “game changer” for local currency operations, said ADB Treasurer Pierre Van Peteghem.

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Through issues like this, ADB contributes to capital market development, attracts foreign portfolio investment, and catalyses the financing of new ADB loans and investments in Indian rupees.

"On this occasion, we are also supporting the development of financial market infrastructure by listing the bonds on India International Exchange," the official said.

The bonds bear a semi-annual coupon of 6.15 percent and priced to yield 6.19 percent. The bonds, which are denominated in Indian rupees, but settled in U.S. dollars, were underwritten by JP Morgan and primarily distributed to investors in the Americas (21 percent) and Europe (79 percent).

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By investor type, 28 percent of the bonds were placed with banks and 72 percent with fund managers.

The Manila-headquartered agency further said ADB will dual list its bonds on the Global Securities Market of India International Exchange at GIFT IFSC and the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

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ADB is a regular borrower in the mainstream international bond markets, but has also led issuances in developing Asian countries as part of efforts to promote local currency bond markets as an alternative to bank lending.

In 2019, ADB issued local currency bonds in Georgian lari, Indian rupee, Indonesian rupiah, Kazakhstan tenge, and Philippine peso.

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