ReNew Power to Meet Investors to Raise Funds for Bond Sale

Wind and solar energy company Renew Power is meeting investors this week. The firm plans to raise at least $300million via dollar bond sales across the world later this month. The money raised will be used to refinance existing debt and for funding the second tranche of projects the company has bid for under the government planned Solar Energy Corp of India (SECI)’s second tranche of green energy projects.

“The road shows for this bond will start on Tuesday. Bankers and company officials are going to meet investors all through this week. If all goes to expectations the issue will price as early as next week. It is a fixed price issue,” said a person cited above. HSBC and Barclays are bankers to the issue.

The Sumant Sinha-founded company has been a regular in the dollar bond market with the last issue as recently as September 2019 when it raised $300 million through a similar issue to overseas investors. That issue priced at 6.45 per cent. Bank- ers are hoping that this issue will be priced at a lower yield. “This issue has two maturities one at just above three years and the other at just above seven years which means that the average maturity after amortisation comes to about five years. The money raised will be used predominantly for refinancing and some of it will be used for investments,” said a second person.  Rating agency Fitch has given a ‘BB-’ to ReNew’s proposed issue. These bonds will have direct security of a 250 MW wind-power operating project along with some shares of subsidiary company Re-New Power Services. This issue also includes a $20 million interest service reserve account, which will act as a security for repayment in case sufficient cash flow is not generated to service the debt.

Business | News published on 14/01/2020 by Darshana Daga

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