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SBI Raises $1 Billion from Overseas for ESG Financing Market

State Bank of India (SBI) has successfully secured $1 billion (approximately Rs 8,300 crore) to address the growing demand in the domestic Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) financing market. This syndicated social loan issuance comprises $750 million, with an additional $250 million as a green shoe option, as disclosed in the regulatory filing made by SBI.

Details

The recently closed loan book, finalized on January 2, 2024, follows a similar move by SBI last year when it raised $1 billion through a syndicated social loan. The funds procured from this latest venture are strategically designed to bolster the bank’s commitment to the ESG financing market.

Loan Structure

SBI accessed these funds through two tenures – a three-year and a five-year loan. The interest rates for these loans were set at 80 basis points and 100 basis points over the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR), respectively. SOFR, a replacement for the Libor, serves as a benchmark rate for dollar-denominated derivatives and loans.

Financial Snapshot

In the second quarter ending September 30, 2023, SBI reported an 8% surge in net profit, reaching Rs 14,330 crore. The net interest income also witnessed a substantial rise, jumping by 12.3% to Rs 39,500 crore compared to the same period the previous year.

Asset Quality

From an asset quality perspective, SBI displayed improvement with a gross non-performing assets ratio at 2.55% as of September 30, down from 3.52% in the year-ago period and 2.76% in the first quarter of the current fiscal year.

Important Questions Related to Exams

  1. What is the purpose of State Bank of India’s recent $1 billion syndicated social loan issuance?

  2. Explain the two tenures through which SBI raised funds and the respective interest rates applied.
  3. Provide a snapshot of SBI’s financial performance in the second quarter ending September 30, 2023, highlighting key figures.
  4. Discuss the improvements in SBI’s asset quality, specifically the gross non-performing assets ratio, as of September 30, in comparison to the previous year.

Please provide your answers in the comment section!!

 

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