Oil India (OIL) on Tuesday became the first Indian company to sell $1 billion worth of debt in its debut US dollar bond sale programme.The issue is in a dual tranche of $500 million each.
While $500-million, five-year money has been priced at US treasury plus 222.5 bps, the 10-year money of the same size has been priced at treasury plus 272.5 bps, merchant bankers said on Tuesday.
The PSU raised the money to repay the bridge loan it had taken to buy Videocon's 10 per cent stake in a Mozambique oil block in association with ONGC Videsh late last year.
Oil India's debut $1 billion bond issuance is the largest inaugural RegS transaction from the country and the largest ever issuance by a PSU corporate to date, reflecting investor appreciation of OIL's strong credit quality.
It reaffirms the international bond investor's strong interest for issuance by high-quality Indian issuers.Oil India benefited from being the first non-financial corporate issuer in the dollar markets for 2014, generating a very large order-book and tightening the final pricing by 27.5 bps for each of the two tranches from its initial guidance, which is a commendable feat.
A Regulation S transaction means that US-based American investors cannot participate in the issue.
Late last year, Oil India had teamed up with ONGC Videsh to buy Videocon's 10 per cent stake in Mozambique's Rovuma Area 1 oil block for $2.475 billion.
The 10 per cent stake of Videocon is currently split in the ratio of 40:60 between the two PSUs.
Deutsche Bank, another joint book-runner along with StanChart, Citi, HSBC, RBS, said this is the largest Reg S trade ever done from India as also the largest inaugural Reg S issue.
Deutsche Bank said the final pricing got compressed 27.5 bps across both the tranches despite a weak market. The German i-banker said the issue will mature on April 17, 2019 and April 17, 2024, respectively, and carry a coupon of 3.875 per cent and 5.375 per cent. The issues carry a re-offer yield of 3.909 per cent and 5.437 per cent, respectively.
Early this month, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) left the key policy rates unchanged. The pipeline for forex debt is bulging with PSU heavyweights like ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL), OIL and large private corporates like Bharti queuing up to raise up to $5 billion through bond sales in the US and Europe.
According to merchant bankers, despite the spike in interest rates in the West following the Federal Reserve's tapering of its easy money policy, Indian companies can still secure credit up to 500 bps cheaper than the onshore markets even after hedging.
ONGC Videsh is tapping the forex debt window to raise up to $1 billion in bond sale to pre-pay a bridge loan of $2.2 billion it had raised earlier this year for the Mozambique oil block deal.
Power Finance Corp ($500-700 million) and Rural Electrification Corp (up to $1 billion) are also on the lookout, according to i-bankers, while IFCL is eyeing close to $1.5 billion.
The domestic companies' overseas bond street journey was opened by Indian Railway Finance Corporation in early January with a $500-million issue, which got subscriptions of $3 billion and was priced at a coupon of 3.917 per cent.
After a massive bond sale last year worth $16 billion - up 60 per cent over 2012 - the domestic companies have been going slow to tap international bond market following rising interest rates there.