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Vedanta Resources Plc announces pricing for $1.7 bn bond

This would be Vedanta's fourth successful bond transaction; intends to use the proceeds to refinance a portion of its obligations

Jyoti Mukul  |  New Delhi 

Vedanta Resources PIc today announced the pricing of its $I. 7 billion (Rs 9,500 crore) offering. The bonds are being offered and sold in two tranches, consisting of $1.2 billion aggregate principal amount of 6% due January 2019 and $500 million aggregate principal amount of 7.125% bonds due May 2023.

This is a landmark transaction for Vedanta, and Vedanta believes this represents one of the largest corporate high yield issuances out of Asia ex-Japan, said a company release.

This is Vedanta’s fourth successful transaction. It intends to use the proceeds of the offering to refinance a portion of its obligations under the its existing 2010 term loan facility (that was entered into to partly finance Vedanta's acquisition of a controlling stake in Cairn India), which will result in a cancellation of Vedanta's commitments under a bridge facility, and to pay related fees and expenses and for general corporate purposes.

"It demonstrates the financial strength and global recognition of Vedanta Group as a major natural resources corporate. It is our fourth bond transaction and each time we have been met with increasingly overwhelming response by investors,” said A nil Agarwal, chairman of Vedanta Resources pIc.

The bonds are being offered and sold in a private offering to qualified institutional buyers under Rule 144A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended ("Securities Act"), and outside the United States under Regulation S under the Securities Act. The offering is expected to close on June 3, 2013, subject to customary closing conditions.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Citigroup, J.P. Morgan, The Royal Bank of Scotland and Standard Chartered Bank are acting as Joint Global Coordinators, Joint Lead Managers and Joint Bookrunners and Deutsche Bank is acting as Joint Bookrunner.'

First Published: Thu, May 23 2013. 13:14 IST