Thursday, 7 January 2021

State Bank of India (“SBI”) announces successful pricing of its international

 State Bank of India (“SBI”) announces successful pricing of its international
USD denominated public bond for USD 600 million

USD 600 million 5.5-year Regulation S only issuance at 1.80% coupon

Final orderbook in excess of USD 1.9 billion comprising marquee accounts across geographies

 Strong demand helped SBI tighten pricing by 35 bps (i.e. from initial guidance of T+175 bps area to final pricing of T+140  bps)

 Lowest coupon achieved by an Indian issuer for a 5.5-year issuance to date

 Accelerated execution process helped SBI tap markets in the first week of 2021

First public USD bond issued by an Indian scheduled commercial bank since the onset of COVID-19  

Issued under SBI’s USD 10 billion Medium Term Note Programme, and also listed on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (“SGX-ST”) and India International Exchange IFSC Limited (“India INX”)  

India’s largest commercial bank, State Bank of India, acting through its London branch, raised today USD 600 Million of “Regulation S” bonds at a coupon rate of 1.80 per cent. The bond is benchmarked against the 5yr US Treasury and priced at a spread of 140 bps over the benchmark). The bonds will be listed on SGX-ST and India INX.  The issuance represented SBI’s return to the international public bond markets after a gap of close to 2 years.

The transaction was well received and saw strong interest from investors across geographies with a final order book in excess of USD 1.9 billion. On the back of strong demand, the price guidance was revised from T+175 bps area to T+140 bps, with a peak orderbook of USD 2.1 billion resulting in final pricing at the tight end of the range i.e. T+140 bps. The Notes are expected to carry a final rating of Baa3, BBB- and BBB- from Moody’s, Standard and Poor’s and Fitch respectively.

Commenting on the transaction, Shri C. Venkat Nageswar (Deputy Managing Director – International Banking Group) said, “The successful issuance demonstrates the strong investor base SBI has created for itself in offshore capital markets allowing it to efficiently raise funds from the World’s leading fixed income investors, even during periods of heightened volatility. This is an indication of confidence global investors have in the Indian banking sector generally, and in SBI in particular and is also testament to the exceptional access that SBI enjoys in the global capital markets”

BofA Securities, Citigroup, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, MUFG, SBICAP and Standard Chartered Bank were the Joint Bookrunners for this offering.

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