SBI Raises Up To Rs 3,105 Crore By Issuing Basel-III-Compliant Bonds
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SBI Raises Up To Rs 3,105 Crore By Issuing Basel-III-Compliant Bonds

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State Bank of India said it has raised up to Rs 3,105 crore by issuing bonds under the Basel-III regulations.

The committee of directors for capital raising at its meeting on Friday had accorded approval to allot 31,048 non-convertible, taxable, perpetual, subordinated, unsecured Basel-III-compliant bonds for inclusion in additional tier-I capital of the bank, SBI said in a regulatory filing to exchanges.

The debentures bear coupon of 8.75 percent per annum payable annually with call option after five years or any anniversary date thereafter, aggregating to Rs 3,104.80 crore to the bond subscribers on Friday, SBI said.

To comply with Basel-III capital regulations, banks need to improve and strengthen their capital planning processes.

These norms are being implemented to mitigate concerns on potential stresses on asset quality and consequential impact on performance and profitability of banks.

The Indian banking system has been implementing Basel-III standards in phases since April 1, 2013. The banks are expected to fully implement these norms by March 2019, however, the Reserve Bank of India has shifted this date further by March 2020.

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