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Adani Ports to raise $500 mn from bond sale to capitalize on interest rates

The proceeds of the bond sale would be used to finance early redemption of dollar bonds of a similar amount maturing next year

Adani Ports | Gautam Adani | Bonds

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

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Barclays, Bank of America and Citibank are advising the company on the bond sale..

& Special Economic Zone, the largest port operator in the country, is in the international debt market with a benchmark issue to raise at least USD 500 million.

This is the third large bond sale by domestic issuers after Exim Bank's USD 1 billion issue at record low prices in the first week of the moth followed by SBI in the second week with a USD 6 billion sale.

is the largest port developer and operator in the country in terms of volume, with coal and other dry bulk terminals showing an annual capacity of 478.6 million tonnes.

"We are in the dollar debt market and are planning to raise USD 500 million through a Reg S issue," a merchant banking source told PTI on Wednesday without sharing other details like pricing and tenor saying the issue is the market.

The last time it had paid 4.2 per cent coupon to USD 750 million issue last July.

While Reg S issue means resident American investors can't subscribe to the issue, benchmark issue means a large issue with the quantum being at least USD 500 million.

The company will use the proceeds from the issue for primarily for refinancing the early redemption of its dollar due in 2022.

The issue has been rated BBB- by Fitch and Baa3 by Moody's.

In July 2020, the company had raised USD 750 billion and in December another USD 300 million, to retire some of its higher cost debt.

The highly leveraged Adani Group is on massive expansion mostly using debt.

Fitch Ratings in a note gave the proposed senior unsecured notes sale by the port operator a BBB- rating with a negative outlook.

The proceeds will be used primarily for refinancing the early redemption of its dollar due in 2022, the agency said.

The rating reflects the company's market leading position, the stability of long-term cargo revenue and its operational efficiency, the agency said, adding the pandemic may result in weaker domestic demand and exports, but cargo mobility is largely uninterrupted despite the global lockdowns.

accounted for around 17 per cent of the country's seaborne cargo in FY20. It operates 10 ports across the costs with the Mundra Port contributing 62 per cent of the group's throughput and serves as the gateway to the landlocked Northwestern region of the country.

Last October, it had acquired 75 per cent stake in Krishnapatnam Port, which was primarily funded through a USD 750 million bond issuance in July.

Its cargo volume rose 7 per cent in Q2 of the current fiscal. Its throughput growth normalised in FY20 after a sharp rebound of 15 per cent in FY19 growing at a low 7 per cent in FY20, but faster than the 4 per cent for all domestic ports.

Adani Ports also operates the Kattupali Port, LPG and terminals at Dhamra and Mundra ports.

The company also continued to diversify its throughput from the west coast, with the east coast terminals of Dhamra, Kattupali and Ennore now accounting for 20 per cent of total throughput, up from 15 per cent a year earlier, according to Fitch.

In a separate note, Moody's assigned a Baa3 rating to the issue with negative outlook.

The rating also takes into consideration the long-term growth potential of the domestic economy, a key driver behind the large increase in the volume of traded goods over the past few years, it said, adding the port operator reported 5.4 per cent growth in cargo volumes in the first nine months of current fiscal year.

"We forecast that Adani Port's performance over next two to three years will be driven by the ramp-up of capacity relating to its recently commissioned ports and terminals and its growing share of containers," it said.

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First Published: Wed, January 27 2021. 10:59 IST