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SBI May Delay $1.5-Billion Bond Sale Due to Greek Crisis: Report


New Delhi: State Bank of India (SBI) may delay an overseas bond issuance programme worth $1.5 billion due to volatility in foreign market as a result of the Greek debt crisis.

“There is volatility in the global market due to Greek issue. No one would venture till stability returns,” a senior SBI official said.

The bank was in process of holding road shows for the issuance of overseas bond.

Last year in April, the bank mopped up $1.25 billion from overseas debt sale through a dual tranche bond programme, making it the largest-ever offering from a domestic issuer.

The bank raised $750 million with 5-year tenure at US treasury interest rate plus 205 basis points, while it priced the 10-year $500 million issue at 225 basis points over the treasury.

The investor breakdown by regions stood at 53 per cent non-resident US investors; 24 per cent from Asia; and 23 per cent from Europe for the 5-year RegS issue, while the investor type were 70 per cent asset managers/fund houses; 15 per cent banks; 9 per cent private banks, and 6 per cent insurance and others.

With regard to the 10-year tranche, of the 290 accounts, 40 per cent came from the non-resident US investors, 33 per cent from Europe and the rest 27 per cent from Asia.

The investors included 50 per cent asset managers/fund houses, 30 per cent banks and the remaining 20 per cent insurers, corporates and others.

Greeks on Sunday rejected a rescue package from its international creditors, throwing the future of the country’s Eurozone membership in doubt.

Frustrated and angered Eurozone leaders gave Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras a last-minute chance till coming Sunday to finally come up with a viable proposal on how to save the country from financial ruin.

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