BASIS POINT-BPCL seals US$700m SBLC-backed facility

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 05, 2012 08:50 hrs

HONG KONG, Dec 5 (Basis Point) - The multi-tranche facility for Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) backed by a standby letter of credit from State Bank of India has been increased to US$700m and signed by three banks, according to sources.

As previously reported, the loan had an original target of US$600m and bids were sought for three- and five-year tranches. It includes an option to increase to up to US$900m. SBI Capital Markets is the bookrunner.

The loan comprises a US$400m three-year tranche paying an all-in of 275bp and a US$300m five-year tranche paying an all-in of 305bp.

On the US$400m three-year tranche, SBI took US$300m and was joined by Bank of Baroda with US$100m. On the US$300m five-year tranche, SBI came in with US$250m and was joined DBS Bank with US$50m.

As previously reported, the loan also drew responses from local banks Allahabad Bank, Bank of Baroda, HDFC Bank and Syndicate Bank and foreign lenders Deutsche Bank, DNB Bank and RBS.

SBI is looking to sell down part of its hold, sources said. Signing was on November 23.

BPCL has signed SBLCs totalling US$1.15bn, paying a 60bp fee. Further SBLC-backed loans may be in the works, according to sources.

Proceeds fund BPCL's capital expenditure for the Rovuma Basin off the coast of Mozambique. The company holds a 10% stake in that oil and gas field.

The loan is borrowed via the BPRL International BV, a subsidiary of BPCL unit Bharat PetroResources Ltd.

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