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HDFC Bank secures $750 Million funding from GIFT City IFSC

BACKGROUND :


  • In a recent development, HDFC Bank secured $750 million from the GIFT City International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The funding was obtained through a combination of USD denominated senior unsecured bonds, including sustainability bond.
 

WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BONDS IN IFSC?

 
  • Bonds in an IFSC are vital for capital mobilization, providing access to global investors and diverse financing options. They enhance liquidity, offer tax advantages, and serve as risk management tools. Bonds support economic development by funding infrastructure and sustainable projects, fostering financial stability, and driving innovation in the global economy.
 

TYPES OF BONDS IN IFSC :


  • Government Bonds: Low-risk debt securities issued by governments, backed by taxation, e.g., Treasury Bonds.
  • Corporate Bonds: Higher-return debt securities from corporations, with risk tied to issuer’s financial health.
  • Municipal Bonds: Tax-exempt debt securities financing public projects, issued by local governments.
  • Asset-backed Securities (ABS): Bonds backed by assets like loans or mortgages, paying returns from asset cash flows.
  • Convertible Bonds: Hybrid securities offering conversion to equity, balancing capital appreciation and downside protection.
  • High-Yield Bonds: Riskier debt securities with higher returns, issued by lower credit-rated companies.
  • Sovereign Bonds: Issued by foreign governments in foreign currencies, attracting global investors.
  • Green Bonds: Financing environmentally beneficial projects, appealing to socially responsible investors.
 

BOND DETAILS :

 
  • The funding was acquired through senior unsecured bonds denominated in US dollars.
  • The issue consists of two parts: $450 million in senior unsecured bonds and $300 million in senior unsecured sustainability bonds.
  • The duration of the instrument is five years, with settlement on February 15, 2024, and maturity on February 15, 2029.
 

SUSTAINABLE FINANCE FOCUS :

 
  • Profits generated from the bond issuance will be directed towards environmentally friendly and socially beneficial projects, in line with HDFC Bank’s Sustainable Finance  Framework.
 

 FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS :

 

  • HDFC Bank’s Q3 profit increased by 33.5% year-on-year to ₹16,370 crore. 
  • Net interest income rose by 23.9% to ₹28,470 crore.
  • Net revenue surged by 25.8% to ₹39,610 crore for the quarter ending December 31, 2023. 
  • Total deposits reached ₹22,14,000 crore, reflecting a 27.7% year-on-year increase. 
  • The bank’s consolidated net profit rose by 35.9% to ₹17,260 crore, while net revenue soared by 113.5% to₹71,770 crore.
 

MARKET REACTION :

 
  • Despite the positive financial results, HDFC Bank’s shares experienced a marginal dip of 0.9% to ₹1,432.85 on the BSE. Market dynamics and investor sentiment may be influencing the short-term stock movement.
 

 CONCLUSION :

 

  • HDFC Bank’s successful fundraising from GIFT City IFSC, coupled with its strong financial performance, underlines the bank’s strategic initiatives and resilience in a dynamic economic landscape.

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