Hindalco gets $982 mn loan for Novelis

Hindalco gets $982 mn loan for Novelis

Mumbai: Hindalco Industries Ltd, India’s largest aluminium producer, has raised $982 million in a foreign currency loan and used it to clear the bridge loan taken for its 2007 acquisition of Canadian firm Novelis, a senior official said.

The five-year loan was raised at 315 basis points above the London Inter Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR), Chief Financial Officer S. Talukdar told Reuters on Friday.

The company had taken a $3.03 billion bridge loan at a rate of 80 basis points over LIBOR to fund the deal last year. The bridge loan was fully repaid on Thursday, Talukdar said.

“The financial markets have changed greatly. Right now a paper like this is trading at LIBOR plus at least 800 basis points, if not 1000," Talukdar said.

Hindalco had raised about Rs44 billion ($920 million) through a rights issue last month, Talukdar said, although much of that had to be covered by the firm’s founders and underwriters after falling stocks prices undermined investor interest.

The company also had about Rs53 billion of funds from its treasury operations, he said.