Thursday, June 30, 2011

Buyback / Prepayment of Foreign Currency Convertible Bonds (FCCBs) Under Automatic Route

 Buyback / Prepayment of Foreign Currency Convertible Bonds ( FCCBs) Under Automatic Route 

The Reserve Bank is presently considering applications under the approval route for buyback of FCCBs, subject to the issuers complying with the terms and conditions of buyback/ prepayment of FCCBs, as mentioned in the A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No.39 dated December 08, 2008 and A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No.65 dated April 28, 2009. 

The designated AD Category - I banks may allow Indian companies to prematurely buyback FCCBs subject to compliance with the terms and conditions set out hereunder:

i) the buyback value of the FCCB shall be at a minimum discount of 8 per cent on the book value;


ii) the funds used for the buyback shall be out of existing foreign currency funds held either in India (including funds held in the  EEFC account) or abroad and / or out of fresh ECB raised in conformity with the current ECB norms; and


iii) where the fresh ECB is co-terminus with the outstanding maturity of the original FCCB and is for less than three years the all-in-cost ceiling should not exceed 6 months Libor plus 200 bps as applicable to short term borrowings. In other cases, the all-in-cost for the relevant maturity of the ECB, as laid down in A. P. (DIR Series) No.26 dated October 22, 2008, shall apply.

Ref: 
A. P. (DIR Series) Circular No.75 dated 30th June 2011


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