Money & Banking

FII limit for investment in infrastructure bonds raised to $25 b

| | Updated on: Apr 29, 2011

In a bid to boost FII investment in debt instruments (non-convertible debentures and bonds) issued by Indian infrastructure companies, the Government of India has increased FII limits from $5 billion to $25 billion for investment in infrastructure bonds.

With this, the overall FII limit for investment in corporate bonds increases to $40 billion ($15 billion in corporate and $25 billion in infrastructure bonds).

Experts said that though the definition of the term ‘infrastructure' is as per extant ECB guidelines, there were certain glitches. “Custodians will have to confirm to SEBI that an FII investment has indeed been done in the infrastructure sector,” said a fixed income fund manager of a mutual fund.

“For FIIs, getting a letter from the issuer that they are an infrastructure company is difficult because it is not defined so by statute,” he added.

But once a debt fund is notified as an infrastructure fund, investors would get tax breaks in the form of five per cent tax deducted at source, well below existing rates.

Published on March 12, 2018

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