Fundraising via debt placement dips 37% to Rs 44,000 cr in October

November 27
22:25 2017

Indian companies raised over Rs 44,000 crore in October through private placement of corporate bonds, down 37 per cent from the year-ago level, for business expansion and propping up working capital needs.

With the latest mobilisation, the total fundraising through private placement of debt securities reached Rs 3.68 lakh crore in April-October period of 2017-18 financial year, latest data with markets regulator Sebi showed.

In the entire 2016-17 financial year, the capital raked in through the route stood at Rs 6.4 lakh crore.

In private placement of bonds, firms issue securities or bonds to institutional investors to raise capital.

According to the data with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), companies garnered Rs 44,146 crore from debt on a private placement basis last month, much lower than Rs 70,395 crore raised in October 2016.

In terms of numbers, 213 issues were made last month compared with 275 in the year-ago period.

The funds have been raised mainly for business expansion, to support working capital requirements and retire their existing debt.

Market experts attributed the lower capital raising in the fiscal to companies opting for equity routes including initial public offer (IPO), qualified institutional placements (QIPs) and offer-for-sale (OFS) to raise funds.

The fund-raising through the equity has been helped by a booming stock market.

In the current fiscal so far, as many as 28 companies have raked in over Rs 60,000 crore through IPO route. Indian equity market appears heading for a record haul in 2017 -18 in terms of money raised through IPOs, as a number of big-ticket offers are already lined up for the coming weeks.

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