Ahmedabad muni-bond issue mops up ₹200 crore

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on January 12, 2019 Published on January 11, 2019

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s ₹200-crore five-year bond issue was fully subscribed in two minutes flat on Friday on NSE’s electronic debt bidding platform.

The issue, which had a basic size of ₹100 crore (with an option to retain ₹100 crore oversubscription), received subscriptions aggregating ₹1,085 crore within an hour of opening at 11 am, according to Vijay Nehra, Commissioner, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. The Corporation has tapped the debt market after a gap of 14 years.

“The bonds are issued as taxable, listed, unsecured, non-convertible debentures... The coupon is likely to be announced after the pay-in happens on January 15. The bonds have been subscribed through electronic competitive book-building process. Investors have put in their bids along with the amount they want to subscribe and the interest rate they want,” explained Nehra.

The Corporation will be usring the proceeds from the current issue for taking up development projects under the Government of India’s AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) scheme.

SBI Capital Markets was the sole advisor and arranger to the AMC’s bond offering.

“Under this scheme, the Central and State governments contribute 33 per cent and 20 per cent of the development funds, respectively, and we, as a third level of government, bring in the balance.

“The ₹200 crore that we raised will help us get another ₹250 crore from the Central and State governments. So, projects worth ₹450 crore will be taken up in the next 12-18 months,” said Nehra.

“The Government, with its initiative of developing the muni(cipal) bond market in India has created a separate framework for municipal bonds. Incidentally, GOI is also incentivising MCs to tap the bond market. The principle objective of incentivisation is to create a discipline in the financial performance as well as bringing the transparency within the MCs. SEBI has created a new framework and it is in this new framework AMC has tapped the bond market through electronic bidding platform,” said a SBI Caps statement.

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Published on January 11, 2019
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