August 22, 2014 / 5:17 AM / in 3 years

ADB raises 3 bln rupees via maiden offshore rupee bond sale

MUMBAI, Aug 22 (Reuters) - The Asian Development Bank raised 3 billion rupees ($49.6 million) from its first-ever sale of rupee-linked bonds abroad, the Manila-based lender said, becoming the second major multilateral agency to issue such debt within the past year.

The bonds will be denominated in Indian rupees but settle in U.S. dollars, and will carry a coupon of 6.35 percent, and mature in August 2016, the agency said. J.P. Morgan was the underwriter.

“There is clear demand for bonds linked to the Indian economy, Asia’s third largest, and the reception to ADB’s inaugural rupee-linked bond is reflective of this,” said Kazuki Fukunaga, ADB Deputy Treasurer.

The rupee has gained around 2.3 percent this year, thanks to a surge in overseas investments into India. Foreign institutional investors have bought a net $29.16 billion in both debt and shares so far this year.

ADB’s sale comes after International Finance Corp (IFC), a unit of the World Bank, set up a $1 billion offshore rupee-linked bond in October last year, completing the fundraising in April.

On Wednesday, IFC launched $2.5 billion in rupee-denominated, bonds in the Indian market to fund infrastructure projects. ($1 = 60.4500 rupees) (Reporting by Neha Dasgupta; Editing by Anand Basu)

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