Monday, July 4, 2011

Companies Can Issue fresh FCCBs to liquidate existing FCCBS - Under Automatic Route of RBI

Companies Can Issue fresh FCCBs to liquidate existing FCCBS - Under Automatic Route of RBI

Keeping in view the need to provide a window to facilitate refinancing of FCCBs by the Indian companies who may be facing difficulty in meeting the redemption obligations, it has been decided to consider applications for refinancing of FCCBs by Indian companies under the automatic route.

Accordingly, designated AD Category - I banks may allow Indian companies to refinance the outstanding FCCBs subject to compliance with the terms and conditions set out hereunder: -
i) Fresh ECBs/ FCCBs shall be raised with the stipulated average maturity period and applicable all-in-cost being as per the extant ECB guidelines;

ii) The amount of fresh ECB/FCCB shall not exceed the outstanding redemption value at maturity of the outstanding FCCBs;

iii) The fresh ECB/FCCB shall not be raised six months prior to the maturity date of the outstanding FCCBs ;

iv) The purpose of ECB/FCCB shall be clearly mentioned as ‘Redemption of outstanding FCCBs’ in Form 83 at the time of obtaining Loan Registration Number from the Reserve Bank;

v) The designated AD - Category I bank should monitor the end-use of funds;

vi) All other aspects of ECB policy under the automatic route, such as, eligible borrower, recognised lender, end-use, prepayment, refinancing of existing ECB and reporting arrangements shall remain unchanged;

vii) ECB / FCCB beyond USD 500 million for the purpose of redemption of the existing FCCB will be considered under the approval route; and

viii) ECB / FCCB availed of for the purpose of refinancing the existing outstanding FCCB will be reckoned as part of the limit of USD 500 million available under the automatic route as per the extant norms.

3. Restructuring of FCCBs involving change in the existing conversion price is not permissible. Proposals for restructuring of FCCBs not involving change in conversion price will, however, be considered under the approval route depending on the merits of the proposal.

REF _ RBI/2011-12/ 105 July 04, 2011---A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No.01 dated 4th July 2011

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