Bharti Telecom to Raise Rs.7,000Crore via Bonds
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Bharti Telecom aims to raise Rs.1,500 crore through two-year bonds at a coupon of 8.70 percent and Rs.2,500 crore via three year bonds at an 8.80 percent coupon. Besides, it will raise another 3,000 crore through three year bonds at a six-month marginal cost of lending rate, which currently stands at 8.40 percent, as per the term sheet. Kotak Mahindra Bank is the banker for the bond issue. Recently, the promoter entity of Bharti Airtel, Bharti Telecom increased its shareholding in Airtel by acquiring a 3.33 percent stake from Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) and its affiliates for about SGD 2.25 billion ($1.61 billion or Rs.12,895 crore). Bharti Telecom, jointly owned by Bharti Group chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal's family and Singtel, is the largest shareholder in Airtel with a 38.62 percent stake.
Bharti telecom is aiming to calibrate and spread such acquisitions to maintain a comfortable level of leverage. The stake sale is expected to be executed any time before november 23rd, 2022
Meanwhile, shares of Bharti Airtel dropped as much as 1.8 percent to Rs.831.1 in intraday trade on the Bombay Stock Exchange on Friday, in sync with the broader market. The telecom stock opened a tad lower at Rs.850, against the previous closing price of Rs.846.05 on the BSE. In comparison, the BSE Sensex was trading 311 points lower at 61,439 levels.The index heavyweight hit a 52-week high of Rs.851.70 on November 18th, 2021, while a 52-week low of Rs.629.05 on July 14th, 2022. The stock has risen 17 percent in a year and 20 percent in the last six months. In the past one month, the stock has gained seven percent, while it rose nearly 1.5 percent in a week.