Thursday, 22 March 2018

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  • India looks offshore after rupee rates spike

    Emerging Markets | 09 March 2018

    A spike in rupee yields is sending Indian issuers overseas in search of cheaper funding at a time when global investors are turning cautious on the country.

  • Pension fund blow to Indian corporate bonds

    People & Markets | 02 March 2018

    India’s decision to reduce the minimum share of assets that the Employee’s Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) must hold in corporate bonds is expected to put further upward pressure on domestic corporate bond yields.

  • India orders early AT1 calls

    India orders early AT1 calls

    People & Markets | 23 February 2018

    India’s central bank has taken the unprecedented step of ordering some of the country’s weaker banks to redeem their capital securities ahead of schedule, triggering a debate over regulatory interference in the fixed-income sector.

  • India redraws debt workout rules

    People & Markets | 16 February 2018

    India’s central bank has torn up its rule book on debt restructurings in favour of a standardised approach that gives major defaulters just six months to agree terms with their bank creditors.

  • India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley holds his briefcase as he arrives at the parliament to present the federal budget in New Delhi, India.

    India deepens corporate bond market

    People & Markets | 02 February 2018

    India has taken steps to deepen the corporate bond market in its budget for 2018-2019, although the slippage of fiscal targets is likely to worsen the current sell-off in the short term.

  • Indonesia: Embracing Komodo bonds

    Emerging Markets | 26 January 2018

    More state-owned Indonesian companies are raising funds from Komodo bonds, or offshore rupiah notes, even as onshore reforms bring down the cost of domestic debt.

  • India lines up US$14bn bank injection

    People & Markets | 26 January 2018

    The Indian government pledged last week to inject close to US$14bn into state-run banks this financial year to improve their capital ratios and help them tackle bad loans, paving the way for more equity offerings from the sector.

  • Ajay Tyagi, chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), speaks at a news conference after its board meeting at SEBI headquarters in Mumbai, India.

    India moves more bond sales online

    People & Markets | 12 January 2018

    New rules to bring more Indian bond offerings online will increase transparency, but threaten the role of intermediaries, according to market participants.

  • Spicing up the Masala recipe

    Emerging Markets | 05 January 2018

    Indian finance companies are lining up Masala bonds to diversify their funding options at a time when a strengthening rupee and higher yields are raising the interest of foreign investors.

  • Jasa Marga stuns on Komodo debut

    Emerging Markets | 01 December 2017

    Indonesian toll-road operator Jasa Marga opened the offshore rupiah, or Komodo, bond market for business on Thursday with a Rp4trn (US$295m) issue that beat pricing expectations.

  • Indian SOEs turn to US dollar bonds

    Emerging Markets | 01 December 2017

    Indian state-owned enterprises are turning to US dollar bonds, some for the first time in many years, in a push to diversify their funding as onshore yields inch higher and huge state issuance crowd out demand for other paper.

  • A worker constructs a new toll road by PT Jasa Marga in Cibubur, on the outskirts of Jakarta.

    Jasa Marga beats expectations on Komodo debut

    Ticker | 01 December 2017

    Indonesian toll road operator Jasa Marga opened the Komodo bond market for business on Thursday with a Rp4trn (US$295m) offshore rupiah issue that beat pricing expectations.

  • An aerial view shows cars driving through Cikampek toll road operated by PT Jasa Marga in Cikampek, West Java province, Indonesia.

    First test for Komodo pricing

    Top News | 24 November 2017

    Indonesia’s biggest toll road developer is marketing the first offshore rupiah bonds, testing international appetite for a product that promises to open a new source of funding for the country’s corporate sector.

  • Moody’s upgrade boosts Indian bonds

    Emerging Markets | 17 November 2017

    Moody’s surprise upgrade of India’s sovereign rating sent credit spreads tighter on Friday, brightening the outlook for public sector companies preparing to sell dollar bonds.

  • Indian banks capitalise on bailout

    Indian banks capitalise on bailout

    Top News | 10 November 2017

    India’s state-owned banks are rushing out capital raisings in the debt and equity markets, after last month’s surprise government lifeline restored confidence among investors.

  • RCom outlook darkens after coupon miss

    Emerging Markets | 10 November 2017

    Reliance Communications missed a coupon payment last week, dragging offshore bondholders into a debt restructuring that has already hit the company’s onshore lenders.

  • RCom debt plan fails to stop slide

    Emerging Markets | 03 November 2017

    Reliance Communication’s dollar bonds have continued to slide even after the company agreed to a new debt-repayment plan with domestic lenders. The plan includes a pledge to raise up to Rs170bn from the sale of assets such as mobile towers, according to Reuters report.

  • India's Greenko warms to local debt market

    People & Markets | 03 November 2017

    Greenko Group intends to raise at least half of its debt funding in India’s domestic market, after successfully completing its first major onshore bond issue, chief financial officer and director Vasudeva Rao Kaipa told IFR in an interview.

  • Rupee Notes

    India springs recap surprise

    Top News | 27 October 2017

    India is throwing a Rs2.11trn (US$32.4bn) lifeline to its struggling public-sector banks with a two-year recapitalisation plan designed to break the logjam of towering bad debts and weak capital.

  • India's Reliance debt plan in doubt

    People & Markets | 06 October 2017

    Reliance Communications’ move to cut US$3.8bn from its US$7bn debt burden has been thrown off-course due to the cancellation of two deals central to the plan, causing a further sharp slide in its offshore bonds.

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