Reliance Industries to raise Rs 9000 crore
Reliance Industries (RIL) will raise Rs 9,000 crore through an NCD sale to refinance its existing high-cost rupee debt. The move is aimed at cashing in on cheap funds flooding the debt market through the targeted long-term repo operations route,
The most cash-rich company is also one of the most indebted corporate houses sitting on a debt pile of over Rs 1.54 lakh crore as of March 2020.
According to an exchange filing, RIL is launching the issue on April 16 and the proceeds from the debt sale will be used to repay existing rupee debt.
The issue has two components: a Rs 4,500-crore fixed rate tranche and an equal tranche with floating rate and both the issues are offering a coupon of 7.20 per cent-4.40 per cent of repo with a spread of 2.80 per cent.
The NCDs will be issued through a private placement, which will consist of 30,000 unsecured redeemable fixed coupon, non-convertible debentures under the privately placed debentures (PPD) series K1.
Each NCD has a face value of Rs 10 lakh each aggregating to Rs 3,000 crore along with a greenshoe option for oversubscription up to Rs 1,500 crore, aggregating in cash to Rs 4,500 crore.
In the floating interest rate tranche, RIL will issue 35,000 unsecured redeemable, non-convertible debentures under the PPD Series K2 each having a face value of Rs 10 lakh, aggregating in cash to Rs 3,500 crore with an option to retain oversubscription up to Rs 1,000 crore aggregating to Rs 4,500 crore.
If it raises the targeted Rs 9,000 crore, this is nearly a tenth of the Rs 1 lakh crore liquidity the RBI has promised to pump into the debt market through the targeted long term repo operations (TLTRO). Of the total amount it has already infused Rs 75,000 crore into the system.
Under the TLTRO announced on March 27, banks gets three-year funds at the repo rate of 4.40 per cent, but have to invest 50 per cent of the fund in NCDs/CPs or any other corporate debt.
According to media reports, the TLTRO window is being tapped by HDFC, PowerGrid, NHB and also Hudco.
The RBI had announced the TLTRO at lower yields to be parked in the secondary market and invest in primary issues.