07 Feb 2018 13:30 IST

YES Bank raises $600 m from LSE

First lender from GIFT City to access international capital markets

YES Bank has raised $600 million through its first US dollar denominated bond offering and listed the bonds on London Stock Exchange's International Securities Market (ISM).

This private lender will use the proceeds to fund the bank’s IFSC Banking Unit (IBU) in GIFT City and expand IBU's growing business opportunities. YES Bank is the first lender based out of GIFT City to launch a Medium Term Note (MTN) programme.

YES Bank's bond issuance comes on the heels of Export-Import Bank of India's $1 billion bond on London Stock Exchange's international securities market.

Rana Kapoor, Managing Director & CEO, YES Bank, said: “This landmark issue is the first foreign currency bond by YES Bank under our newly established MTN programme, and it's significant over-subscription as well as high quality investor base is testament to the commitment of global investors in the Bank".

Darko Hajdukovic, Head of Analytics, Fixed Income and Funds, Primary Markets, London Stock Exchange Group, said: "We congratulate YES Bank on its successful $600 million bond issuance--a first for YES Bank and a first for GIFT City. Through our international securities market, YES Bank is accessing a new international channel of finance and supporting the creation of a dynamic financial services hub in India.”

Investor interest

The bond received strong international investor interest, with 58 per cent allocated in Asia, 41 per cent in EMEA and one per cent in offshore US. The investor base consisted of 46 per cent asset managers, 38 per cent banks, 11 per cent insurance companies and five per cent private banks.

The final order book was more than 1.8 times oversubscribed, from 90 accounts pricing at a spread of 130 basis points over 5-year US Treasury yield.