First-ever deal from India to use an amortizing project finance type structure giving foreign investors a chance to buy investment-grade bonds from India’s renewable energy sector
December 16, 2019. By News Bureau
The Adani Group’s aggressive moves in the dollar bond market have led to amplified interest for foreign investors in the Indian renewable energy space. Recently, amortizing green bonds worth US$362.5m issued by Adani Green Energy Limited (AGEL) became India’s first investment-grade offering from the nation’s renewable energy sector to global investors. It had a door-to-door maturity of 20 years, and a weighted average life of 13.47 years.
AGEL’s recent US dollar issue manifested a new juncture of development for Indian bond issuers. The diversified conglomerate’s sincere efforts to reach a broad range of investors through the 144A and Reg S format paid off as US accounts picked up 24% of the bonds, alongside60% allocation to Asia and 16% to EMEA.
Adani Group’s moves in the dollar bond market displays one of the Indian companies that has successfully tapped the offshore bond market in the year of 2019. Adani Green Energy ltd is effectively strengthening a cleaner and greener India harnessing the power of sun and the strength of the wind through such financial developments.
AGEL’s bond structure met the stringent standards for being considered as investment-grade. The three wholly owned subsidiaries of solar power under Adani Green Energy – Adani Renewable Energy, Kodangal Solar Parks and Wardha Solar (Maharashtra) – issued the bonds. Between them, they have a total solar capacity of 570MW, and long-term power purchase agreements with a weighted average remaining term of about 24 years with entities such as state-backed Solar Energy Corp of India.
Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, MUFG and Standard Chartered were joint global coordinators and bookrunners.
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