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SBI may delay $1.5-billion bond sale due to Greek crisis

 The Hawk |  2015-07-09 07:24:15.0  0  Comments

New Delhi: State Bank of India (SBI) may delay USD 1.5 billion overseas bond issuance programme due to volatility in foreign market as a result of Greek debt crisis. "There is volatility in the global market due to Greek issue. No one would venture till stability returns," a senior SBI official said. The bank was in process of holding roadshows for the issuance of overseas bond. Last year in April, the bank mopped up USD 1.25 billion from overseas debt sale through a dual tranche bond programme, making it the largest-ever offering from a domestic issuer. The bank raised USD 750 million with 5-year tenure at US treasury interest rate plus 205 basis points, while it priced the 10-year USD 500 million issue at 225 basis points over the treasury. The investor breakdown by regions stood at 53 percent non-resident US investors; 24 percent from Asia; and 23 percent from Europe for the 5-year Reg S issue, while the investor type were 70 percent asset managers/fund houses; 15 percent banks; nine percent private banks and six percent insurance and others. With regard to the 10-year tranche, of the 290 accounts, 40 percent came from the non-resident US investors, 33 percent from Europe and the rest 27 percent from Asia. The investors included 50 percent asset managers/fund houses, 30 percent banks and the remaining 20 percent insurers, corporates and others. Greeks on Sunday rejected a rescue package from its international creditors, throwing the future of the country's Eurozone membership in doubt. Frustrated and angered Eurozone leaders gave Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras a last-minute chance till coming Sunday to finally come up with a viable proposal on how to save the country from financial ruin. PTI

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