State Bank of India (SBI), the country’s biggest government-owned entity by market capitalisation, Monday said it plans to garner up to $2 billion in FY24 through overseas bond sales, likely dwarfing last year’s foreign fund-raises by three of its closest private-sector rivals including HDFC Bank.
Mumbai-based SBI’s board will meet on April 18 to consider the fund-raising through sales of senior unsecured notes. SBI is expected to issue these bonds to overseas investors in multiple tranches.
State Bank of India plans to raise up to $2bn in foreign bond sales by FY 2024, with board members set to discuss a fundraising strategy during 18 April’s meeting. SBI reportedly accounts for around 20% of all of India’s outstanding bank loans, and is expected to issue senior unsecured notes in multiple tranches and any currency under Reg-S/144A. Debt-market analysts note the maximum foreign bond sales for HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, and Axis Bank amounted to around $1bn or below for a given financial year.