New Delhi : Indian Railway Finance Corporation Limited ("IRFC") announced that it has successfully raised USD 500 million 10-year green bond from investors in Asia, Europe and Middle East, and offshore US. Proceeds of the bond will be used to finance the eligible Green Projects under Dedicated Freight Railway Lines and Public Passenger Transport. The green bonds have been certificated by the Climate Bond Initiative (CBI), while the "Green Bond Framework" formulated by IRFC has been verified by KPMG
Pricing of USD 500 mn 3.835 pct fixed rate senior unsecured dollar green bond of 10 year tenor by IRFC
This is IRFC's inaugural foray into the green bond market. The 10-year benchmark has a semi-annual coupon of 3.835 percent per annum and a maturity date of 13 December 2027. It offers investors a yield of 3.835 percent, equivalent to 145 basis points over the 2.25 percent UST due 15 November 2027. There were orders for more than USD 1.6 billion with 99 investors consisting of very high quality accounts.
"The launch of the deal at initial price of UST + 165ps area and a final pricing at UST +145bps reflected the strength of the order book and saw investment interest coming from high quality investors in Asia, Europe and Middle East, and offshore US. The successful transaction followed an extensive road show in Singapore, Hong Kong and London. At UST +145bps, this represents the tightest 10-year spread paid by an Indian public sector corporate in the last decade in the USD markets."
Barclays, HSBC, MUFG and Standard Chartered Bank acted as joint bookrunners and joint lead managers for the issue.