Money & Banking

RBI eases hedging norms for ECBs

PTI Mumbai | Updated on November 26, 2018 Published on November 26, 2018

The Reserve Bank on Monday relaxed norms for external commercial borrowings (ECBs) by reducing the mandatory hedging provision to 70 per cent from the current 100 per cent.

The relaxed norms will apply to the ECBs with a maturity period between three and five years, the central bank said in a notification. “On a further review of the extant provisions, it has been decided, in consultation with the Government of India, to reduce the mandatory hedge coverage from 100 per cent to 70 per cent for ECBs raised under Track I of the ECB framework...” it said.

Further, the RBI also clarified that the ECBs raised prior to this circular will be required to mandatarily roll over their existing hedge only to the extent of 70 per cent of outstanding ECB exposure.

According to the RBI, Track I refers to medium-term foreign currency-denominated ECB with a minimum average maturity of 3-5 years.

Published on November 26, 2018
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