NTPC Raises $450 Million From International Market
Emissions billow from smokestacks at the NTPC Badarpur coal-fired power plant as power transmission lines hang from electricity pylons in Delhi. (Photographer: Kuni Takahashi/Bloomberg)

NTPC Raises $450 Million From International Market

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State-run power giant NTPC Ltd. said it has raised $450 million through a five-year bond offering in the international market under its $6 billion medium-term notes programme.

NTPC opened the issue of $450 million five-year bond offering in the international market on Tuesday, the company said in a statement.

In terms of geographical distribution, Asia took the bulk of the subscription at 90 percent (of the $450 million MTN), with a supplemental demand of 10 percent from Europe, Middle East and Africa, and off-shore U.S. accounts, the statement said.

The distribution of investors was well diversified as fund managers took 69 percent of the subscription of the MTN issue, followed by banks with 22 percent, insurance/pension with 8 percent and private banks/others (wealth manager) with 1 percent, it said.

The company intends to use the proceeds of the issue to finance its ongoing and new power projects, coal mining projects, acquisition of power plants and renovation and modernisation of power stations, it added.

The issue will close on April 3. The notes carry a coupon (rate) of 3.75 percent per annum payable semi-annually. The notes will mature on April 3, 2024 and all the principal and interest payments will be made in dollars.

The notes represent direct, unconditional and unsecured obligations of NTPC and will rank pari passu among themselves and all other unsecured obligations of NTPC, it said.

The notes will be listed on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Ltd., India International Exchange Ltd. and NSE IFSC Ltd.

The company expects to list the notes in the first week of April after receiving the funds.

NTPC’s $6 billion MTN Programme was set up in 2006 and this issuance was the tenth offering under the programme, taking the cumulative amount raised under the MTN Programme to $4.30 billion (about Rs 29,600 crore).

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According to the statement, the offering was met with a strong demand from the investors and the order book reached $1 billion within the first hour of deal announcement and further increased to $2 billion by noon. However, the company raised only $450 million.

The order book attained a peak of $3 billion. The final order book was over $1.80 billion, an over-subscription of nearly four times, with orders from over 100 accounts.

The bonds were finally priced with a yield of 3.773 percent and the coupon was fixed at 3.75 percent per annum, it said.

Axis Bank, Mizuho, MUFG, SMBC Nikko and Standard Chartered Bank were the joint lead managers and bookrunners for the offering.

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