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S&P assigns junk grade to SBI’s proposed Rs 900 cr bond prog

S&P assigns junk grade to SBI’s proposed Rs 900 cr bond prog
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First Published: Mon, Jun 18 2007. 03 08 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Jun 18 2007. 03 08 PM IST
New Delhi: Global rating agency Standard & Poor on 18 June assigned its ‘BB´ rating indicating non-investment or junk grade to the SBI’s proposed $225 million (Rs 900 crore approx) Hybrid Tier I perpetual bonds.
The bonds would be issued under $5 billion (Rs 20,000 crore approx) Medium Term Notes (MTN) programme, Standard & Poor’s said in a statement.
The proposed bonds would be perpetual notes with a call option 10 years from the date of issue, it said.
The rating differential between the ‘BBB-´ counter-party credit rating and the ‘BB´ rating on the Hybrid Tier I notes reflects the junior subordinated nature of the notes and the embedded interest deferral feature, it said.
This interest deferral feature is linked to compliance with the regulatory capital adequacy ratio (RCAR) and a profit test. If SBI’s RCAR is below the minimum regulatory requirement stipulated by the RBI, it would be mandatory to skip interest payments, it said.
As of 31 March, the bank’s RCAR stood at 12.34% compared with the minimum regulatory requirement of 9%.
If the bank is in compliance with RCAR but reports a “net loss,” it would require RBI’s permission before it can make interest payments on the notes. A “net loss” is defined as a negative balance in the “balance in profit and loss account,” which is a component of the reserves and surplus on the bank’s balance sheet.
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First Published: Mon, Jun 18 2007. 03 08 PM IST
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