State-run NTPC Ltd has pre-closed its public issue of Rs. 700 crore tax-free bonds as it was oversubscribed by 11.04 times on the opening day on Wednesday.
“In view of oversubscription, the Company is pre-closing the public issue of tax free bonds on September 24, 2015,” the power major has informed BSE.
“By the end of Day 1 i.e. by 5.00 PM the issue was oversubscribed by 11.04 times of the base issue size of Rs. 400 crore and 6.31 times of the overall issue size of Rs. 700 crore,” the company had said in a statement.
The retail portion was oversubscribed by 6.60 times (of the total issue size allocated to retail), reflecting a huge confidence of retail investors in the company, it said.
A total demand of over Rs. 4,400 crore was generated against the issue size of Rs. 700 crore. NTPC’s issue was the first tax-free bond issuance in this fiscal, it said.
Earlier in July, the government had approved the plan to raise Rs. 1,000 crore through tax-free bonds, including Rs. 700 crore through public issue.
NTPC was among seven state-run entities, including NHAI and IRFC, which were given permission to raise Rs. 40,000 crore in the current fiscal through tax-free bonds.
Out of the Rs. 700 crore issue, 40 per cent i.e. Rs. 280 crore was reserved for allocation to retail category. The remaining issue was for non-retail investors including QIB, corporates and High Networth Indians.
The issues has three tenures — 10 years, 15 years and 20 years.
For retail investors the coupon rate is 7.36 per cent for 10 years tenure, 7.53 per cent for 15 years and 7.62 per cent for 20 years.
Similarly for non-retail investors, the coupon rate is 7.11 per cent for 10 years, 7.28 per cent for 15 years and 7.37 per cent for 20 years.