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IFC Doubles Global Rupee Bond Issuance to Support India’s Capital Markets

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Washington, D.C./New Delhi, January 14, 2014—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today increased by INR 10 billion (approximately $161 million) an outstanding three-year global Indian rupee bond to promote capital market development and encourage foreign investment in India.

The issue doubles the amount of the first IFC global rupee bond, issued in November 2013 under the $1 billion IFC global rupee bond program.

The transaction was upsized from INR 3 billion in response to strong investor demand. Investors included asset managers, private banks, insurance companies, and central banks, in Asia, Europe and the U.S.

“The strong market reception for the second IFC global rupee bond signals continued investor interest to rupee exposure,” said Monish Mahurkar, IFC Director for Treasury Client Solutions. “Attracting foreign investment is key as we continue to work with the Indian authorities on deepening the rupee capital markets and providing an alternative source of rupee financing for investment in the country.”  

IFC global rupee bonds are denominated in Indian rupee but settled in U.S. dollars, with all principal and coupon payments tied to the U.S. dollar-rupee exchange rate. IFC converts bond proceeds from dollars into rupees on the domestic spot exchange market, and uses the rupees to invest in the country.

Over the years, IFC has issued bonds in 14 local currencies, including the Brazilian real, the Chinese renminbi, the Nigeria naira, and the Russia ruble. Often, IFC is the first international or corporate issuer of local-currency bonds in a market. When issuing local-currency bonds, IFC works closely with regulators and market participants to refine the regulatory framework, encouraging greater participation in the local markets and providing a model for other international issuers.

India accounted for $4.5 billion of IFC’s committed investment portfolio as of June 30, 2013—more than any other country. In FY13, IFC invested $1.38 billion in India to achieve several strategic priorities such as promoting inclusive growth in India’s low-income states, addressing climate change, and supporting global economic integration.

JP Morgan and TD Securities acted as lead managers for the transaction.

IFC Global Rupee Bond Summary Terms and Conditions

Issue amount: INR 10 billion (approximately $161 million equivalent)

Pricing date: January 13, 2014

Settlement date: January 21, 2014

Maturity date: December 3, 2016

Coupon: 7.75%

Listing: Luxembourg, Singapore

IFC Global Rupee Bond Distribution by Region

United States: 60%

Asia: 14%

Europe: 26%

IFC Global Rupee Bond Distribution by Investor Type

Asset Manager: 69%

CB: 10%

Bank / PB: 17%

Insurance Company: 5%

About IFC

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