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OBC plans to raise Rs1,000 crore via Basel III bonds

LiveMint logoLiveMint 22-08-2017 PTI

New Delhi: Public sector lender Oriental Bank of Commerce on Tuesday said it will raise up to Rs1,000 crore by issuing Basel III compliant bonds on private placement basis.

“The bank intends to raise tier I capital through private placement of Basel III compliant additional tier I bonds of Rs10 lakh each at par aggregating to Rs500 crore,” OBC said in a regulatory filing.

The bank said the bonds issue has an option to retain subscription of up to Rs500 crore. The proposed bond issue of the lender has been rated A (Hyb) with negative outlook by ICRA, while CARE has rated it ‘A’ with negative outlook.

Basel III are the global standard banking grades which are being implemented to mitigate the concerns on potential stresses on asset quality and consequential impact on performance and profitability of banks.

Banks in India have been adopting these standards in phases since 1 April 2013 and are expected to fulfil the norms by March 2019, a little behind the internationally agreed date of 1 January 2019.

Oriental Bank of Commerce shares closed 0.29% down at Rs119.60 on BSE.

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