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PFC to launch tax-free bonds

Malvika Joshi  |  Mumbai 

Taking advantage of falling yields, the Power Corporation (PFC) would look to raise Rs 4,000 crore through tax-free infrastructure bonds in the last week of December. The power sector lender is mulling the coupon it would be offered in a falling interest rate scenario.

“Bonds with tenure of 10 and 15 years would be issued to the investors,” Satnam Singh, chairman and managing director, told Business Standard.

The government-controlled non-banking financial company (NBFC) had earlier decided to issue the bonds in mid-December. However, with the Reserve Bank of India hinting at reversal of the monetary policy stance, the easing of yields has made the company delay its plan by a couple of weeks.

“ We have been zeroing in on the coupon we would offer. It should be 8.3-8.4 per cent. Now that government yields are falling, we are deciding on what to offer to our investors,” he said. The yields on 10-year government bonds have fallen to 8.32 per cent to 8.5 per cent since December 14.

The interest will be offered on an annual basis. PFC had raised Rs 967 crore via tax-free infrastructure bonds in the first tranche. The company can raise a total of Rs 5,000 crore through the instrument.

The lender is advertising for setting up a $1-billion private equity fund. “We have invited bids to set up the fund. The bids would be accepted till last week of January, after which, we would select the fund manager,” he said. The firm is looking for a domestic fund manager to set up a private equity fund to projects by way of equity financing.

First Published: Wed, December 21 2011. 00:26 IST
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