Infra finance cos to raise Rs7,600 cr through bond issues

Infra finance cos to raise Rs7,600 cr through bond issues

Mumbai: With the government offering tax benefits on infrastructure bonds from this year, three leading infrastructure finance companies are expected to collectively raise about Rs7,600 crore through the bond issues.

L&T Infrastructure Finance, India Infrastructure Finance Company (IIFCL) and Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) have floated long term Infrastructure Bonds offering benefits under Section 80CCF of the Income Tax Act.

IDFC issue is already closed.

All the three companies are targeting 31 million income tax payers in the country would collectively raise about Rs7,600 crore, said market analyst Ashok Bagchi.

Last year the government approved issuance of long term tax-free bonds under Sec 80CCF of the IT Act for tax-saving investments for additional Rs20,000, over and above the Rs100,000 limit earlier.

These bonds can be issued by those classified as infrastructure finance companies by the Reserve Bank of India.

Though the bonds offer interest rates at par if not lower than those offered by banks on their fixed deposits, the post-tax return would work higher.

For instance, if the 8.15% offered by IIFCL would fetch an investor in the highest income tax slab of 30.9%, about 11.58% return per annum besides saving Rs6,180 of income tax on investment of Rs20,000.

L&T Infrastructure Finance Limited has priced its retail bond issue at 8.2% annually, and 8.3% for the cumulative option, L&T Infra’s chief executive Suneet Maheshwari said.

The 10-year bonds will have a buy back option at the end of fifth and seventh years, Maheshwari said.

The bond issue of IDFC, which offered coupon of 8%, has closed for subscription