Monday, 17 June 2013

Airtel issues $3.35 billion guarantee to Dutch arm

NEW DELHI: Telecom major Airtel has issued around $3.35 billion (Rs 19,400 crore) guarantee to its Netherlands-based holding company, BhartiAirtel International (Netherlands) BV in April. 

"This is part of routine substitution of acquisition finance by Bharti Airtel for Africa business," sources aware of the transaction told. 

Bharti Airtel manages Africa operation through Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) BV. The entire stake of Zain Africa was transferred to the Netherlands based holding company on March 30, 2010 for $9 billion. 

Sources said that guarantee is related to recent bonds issued by Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands). 

As per RBI data for Indian companies' overseas direct investments for April 2013, Bharti Airtel issued guarantees worth $3,352 million to Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) BV. 

In the last quarter of financial year 2012-13, Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) raised $1.5 billion through a dollar bond issue spread over 10-years at coupon rate of 5.125%. 

The bonds were listed on stock exchange in Singapore. An amount of $1 billion was utilised towards retirement of existing debts before March 31, 2013, while the second tranche of $0.5 billion was utilized for retiring existing debt post March 31, 2013.

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