New Delhi: Rating agencies have accorded investment grade to the proposed USD 500 million bond raising programme of the country's largest lender SBI.
Moody's has assigned a Baa3 rating to SBI's proposed dollar denominated senior unsecured notes, issued under its USD 10 billion Medium-Term Note (MTN) program.
The drawdown will be carried out from its London branch, and the bonds will be listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange, Moody's said in a statement. Fitch Ratings has also assigned 'BBB-(EXP)' to the debt raising programme that constitutes direct, unconditional, unsubordinated and unsecured obligations of the issuer.
They will at all times rank pari passu among themselves and with all other unsubordinated and unsecured obligations of State Bank of India, it said, adding that the tenor of the issue is expected to be around five years.
S&P Global Ratings assigned 'BBB-' long-term issue rating to the proposed issue of SBI's senior unsecured notes. The rating on the notes reflects the long-term counterparty credit rating on SBI, S&P said in a statement.
According to Moody's SBI's final Baa3 rating incorporates a one-notch uplift due to its assumption of the bank's very high level of support from the Indian government in a stressed situation.
The assumption of high support is based on a combination of its large size and critical role in India's payment system, representing around 16.3 per cent of system loans and 17.6 per cent of system deposits as of end-March 2016, its nationwide reach, and the government's 60.18 per cent stake in SBI.
SBI last raised funds by issuing dollar denominated bonds worth USD 300 million (about Rs 2,000 crore) in September, 2016. It concluded AT1 Basel III compliant non-convertible, perpetual non call 5 year subordinated, unsecured note or bonds at a coupon 5.5 per cent payable semi-annually under USD 10 billion RegS MTN Programme....