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IIFCL gets SEBI approval for $1 billion infrastructure debt fund

The IDF will have an initial of $1 billion of which 50% will be contributed by Indian investors and 50% by foreign investors, IIFCL CMD SK Goel said at the launch of first credit enhanced infrastructure bonds

 

New Delhi: State-owned India Infrastructure Finance Company (IIFCL) on Wednesday said it has got the Securities and Exchange Board of India’s (SEBI) nod for floating $1 billion (about Rs5,000 crore) infrastructure debt fund (IDF), which will be operational in a month, reports PTI.

 

“Yesterday, we got the approval of SEBI that we have been registered as an IDF... Within a month’s time we should be able to operationalise this IDF,” IIFCL chairman and managing director SK Goel said.

 

“IDF initial corpus we have kept in mind is $1 billion of which 50% will be contributed by Indian investors and 50% by foreign investors,” he said at the launch of first credit enhanced infrastructure bonds.

 

IDF will be floated via the mutual fund route which is more flexible, Goel said.

 

“Among the Indian investors we have already discussed the things with LIC, IDBI Bank and on the capital front the State Bank of India is with us,” he said.

 

“About foreign partners, we have already sent our request to ADB, which is processing about $200 million request, but only after final sanction we will be able to say who are the final partners into this,” Goel added.

 

The fund generated by the IDF would be utilised for funding infrastructure projects in the country.

 

India’s poor infrastructure, seen as a major block for economic growth, requires a whopping $1 trillion in the 12th Plan period (2012-17). Of this, it about 50% is expected to come from the private sector.

 

Meanwhile, the infrastructure financing company launched its credit enhancement initiative with the support of Asian Development Bank by signing of IIFCL Guarantee with GMR Jadcherla Expressways.

 

Financial services secretary DK Mittal said the initiative will help develop a bond market for infrastructure sector, which is predominantly dependent on banks for funding.

 

It will also help banks in managing challenges like asset liability mismatch and exposure constraints which they face in long term infrastructure lending, Mittal said.

 

Explaining the scheme, Goel said infrastructure developers can raise the bond in the market and IIFCL is giving a partial guarantee to enhance the rating to AA so that provident fund and the insurance sector long term investors can invest into this.

 

“Today Rs309 crore bond issue has been approved and it (GMR Jadcherla Expressways) is going to the market and we are giving about 24% partial guarantee to this bond issue to raise the rating to AA,” he added.

 

Meanwhile, Goel said: “LIC is a very keen partner on investing in these bonds because they were feeling very handicapped, because of the rating particularly.”

 

Insurance and pension firms, as per the investment norms, are not allowed to invest below ‘AA’ rated bonds.

 

Goel further said that IIFCL is actively considering more transactions under its Credit Enhancement Scheme.

 

On the tax-free bonds, Goel said, “Our issue has been good. We will be coming up with a second tranche, our aim is to collect at least Rs5,000 crore in this tax free bonds.”

 

So far, the company has collected about Rs3,700 crore from the sale of tax free bonds.

 

“So, if we come out with one more tranche we are sure that we will exceed our target of Rs5,000 crore,” Goel added.                                                                                      

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BSE to exclude Deccan Chronicle Holdings from BSE-500

The NSE has already decided to suspend the trading in shares of DCHL from 23rd January, as the company failed to submit financial results and shareholding pattern data

 

Mumbai: BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange) has decided to exclude Deccan Chronicle Holdings from the BSE-500 index, reports PTI.

 

The exchange has decided to exclude Deccan Chronicle Holdings and include Bharti Infratel in BSE-500 effective from 21st January, the stock exchange said in a statement here.

 

The National Stock Exchange (NSE) has already decided to suspend the trading in shares of DCHL from 23rd January, as the company failed to submit financial results and shareholding pattern data.

 

The NSE said in a circular that the reasons for suspension include non-compliance with certain provisions of listing agreement such as non-submission of shareholding pattern, corporate governance report, financial results and reconciliation of share capital audit report for July-September 2012 quarter.

 

Shares of Deccan Chronicle Holdings on Wednesday fell by nearly 5% to hit a lower circuit limit on the BSE.

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