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Bharti Airtel raises $1.25 billion via issuance of debt instruments

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Bharti Airtel on Thursday announced that it has successfully raised $1.25 billion via issuance of debt instruments. This is the first ever dual-tranche US dollar bond issued by the company spread across senior and perpetual issuance, the company said in a regulatory filing.

The debt fund raising by the company comes just before the start of spectrum auction valued at Rs 3.92 lakh crore.

“Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), India’s premier digital communications provider, has successfully priced its debt fund raise of US$1.25 billion through the issuance of its first ever dual-tranche US$ bond offering spread across senior and perpetual issuance,” it said.

“This is the largest issuance by any Indian Investment Grade issuer since January 2019,” it addded.

The company said that the order book was over-subscribed about 3 times on final pricing with peak order book of USD 5 billion at time for final price guidance.

“Airtel has priced US$750 million of senior 10.25 year bonds at a yield of US 10 Year Treasury + 187.5bps for an implied coupon of 3.25 per cent. Simultaneously, Network i2i Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company priced US$500 million in guaranteed subordinated perpetual NC 5.25 year bonds with a coupon of 3.975 per cent,” it said,

This is the lowest ever yield on 10 year and Perpetual bonds for Bharti Airtel.

“The offering was significantly oversubscribed with very strong demand from several marquee Asian, European and American funds,” the statement said.

“The senior 10.25 year tranche was launched at IPG (Initial Price Guidance ) of 230 basis points (bps) over 10 year US Treasuries and eventually tightened by 42.5 bps to price at 10 year US Treasury 187.5bps. Similarly, the perpetual NC 5.25 tightened by 37.5 bps from its initial price guidance,” the statement said.

Barclays, BNP PARIBAS, BofA Securities, Citigroup, HSBC, J.P. Morgan and Standard Chartered Bank acted as Joint Lead Managers and Joint Bookrunners, while DBS Bank Ltd. & SMBC Nikko was the Co-Managers on the trade.

source: The Statesman

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Infosys to buy back shares again soon

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Global software major Infosys announced on Sunday that it is planning to buy back more shares again with a proposal in this regard on the agenda at its board meeting on April 14.

“The board will consider a proposal for buyback of fully paid-up equity shares at its meeting on April 14, 2021, in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Buy-back of Securities) Regulations, 2018,” said the city-based company in a regulatory filing on the BSE.

The board meets on April 13-14 here to approve its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2020-21.

The last time (the second) when the IT major bought back shares was in March 2019, buying 2.36 per cent of the paid-up capital (103.25 million shares) worth Rs 8,260 crore at Rs 800 per share through the open market route.

It made a maiden buyback of 11.3 crore equity shares in December 2017 for Rs 13,000 crore at Rs 1,150 per share.

The company’s blue-chip scrip of Rs 5 face value touched a 52-week high of Rs 1,454 on April 9 before closing at Rs 1,440.75 at the end of trading on Friday.

source: The Statesman

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Bulls drive markets for second day in row; Sensex rallies 1,128 points, Nifty tops 14,845

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Indian stock markets continued their bullish trend for second day in a row on Tuesday on the back of profits in index majors HDFC twins, Infosys and Reliance Industries amid a positive trend in global markets.

The S&P BSE Sensex ended 1,128.08 points or 2.30 per cent higher at 50,136.58 with HCL Tech being the top gainer as it rose over 4 per cent.

Similarly, Nifty50 surged 337.80 points or 2.33 per cent to 14,845.10.

In the Sensex pack, other gainers included HDFC Bank, Infosys, NTPC, Nestle India, TCS and HUL.

On the other hand, M&M, Bharti Airtel and Axis Bank were the laggards.

Except for today’s depreciation, the INR has remained quite steady even though the dollar index rose. Also when the US 10-year bond yields has spiked sharply India’s 10-year bond yield has remained quite stable.

These two factors could act in India’s favour and help Indian equities outperform its peers in the emerging markets, said Rusmik Oza, Executive Vice President, Head of Fundamental Research at Kotak Securities.

The recent correction could be due to rising COVID-19 cases and year-end phenomenon wherein retail and HNI investors would have avoided taking any fresh positions, he said, adding that the start of new settlement for FY22 and forthcoming Q4 earnings seasons could be the reasons for fresh investor interest in stocks.

US markets, especially the Dow Jones and S&P 500 are showing firm uptrend due to the ongoing stimulus and faster vaccination drive which could also be one of the reasons for our markets to inch upwards, Oza noted.

In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap ended marginally higher at 0.98 per cent and 1.3 per cent respectively.

Elsewhere in Asia, bourses in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul ended on a positive note.

Stock exchanges in Europe were also trading with significant gains in mid-session deals.

Meanwhile, the global oil benchmark Brent crude was trading 0.49 per cent lower at USD 64.60 per barrel.

source: The Statesman

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TDS upto 5% to be deducted on cash withdrawals from post office schemes

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The Department of Posts has issued new rules for deduction of tax deducted at source (TDS) if the aggregate withdrawal from all post office schemes is more than Rs 20 lakh. The provision includes withdrawals from PPF as well.

As per the new provisions under Section 194N of Income Tax Act 1961, if an investor has not filed income tax returns (ITR) for the previous three assessment years then TDS will be deducted from the withdrawal amount.

This new rule is applicable from July 1, 2020.

Here are the details of the TDS rules:

  1. If aggregate cash withdrawal by an investor exceeds Rs 20 lakh but does not exceed Rs 1 crore during a financial year and he is a non-ITR filer, then TDS at the rate of 2 per cent will be deducted from the amount exceeding Rs 20 lakh. In case total cash withdrawal from all post office accounts exceeds Rs 1 crore in one financial year then TDS at 5 per cent will be payable on the amount exceeding Rs 1 crore.
  2. The rule is different for ITR filers. If cash withdrawal exceeds Rs 1 crore by an ITR filer in a financial year the income tax payable will 2 per cent of the amount above Rs 1 crore.
  3. The changes have not yet been incorporated. In order to facilitate Post Offices to deduct TDS, the Center for Excellence in Postal Technology (CEPT), the technology solution provider to post offices, has identified and extracted the details of such depositors for the period from April 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020.
  4. CEPT will provide the required details to the concerned circles. Details such as account, PAN number of the depositor and the TDS amount to be deducted will be provided by the CEPT.
  5. The respective Post Office of the depositor will deduct TDS and the account holder will be informed about the deduction in writing.
  6. A voucher for the TDS amount will be prepared by the concerned Postmaster following which it is forwarded to HO/SBCO along with other SB vouchers. As per the requirements, the postmaster is responsible for the deduction of TDS as per rules.

Source: The Statesman

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