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IRFC, NTPC raise Rs 2,700 crore via bonds on BSE e-book platform

to sell the bulk of its Rs 7,400-crore bond issue with LIC and the retirement fund body sell the bulk of its Rs 7,400-crore bond issue with LIC and the retirement fund body EPFO.

New Delhi: IRFC and NTPC today raised Rs 2,000 crore and Rs 700 crore, respectively, through issuance of debt securities on BSE‘s newly launched electronic book mechanism platform.

With this, the exchange’s e-book platform has crossed 200 issuances and Rs 1 lakh crore of fund raising through debt securities by corporates in India, BSE said in a release.

“In 2016-17, till November 22, 2016, 45 issuers have done 200 issues of bonds and have successfully raised Rs 1,00,308 crore using BSE Debt platforms,” the exchange said.

“We congratulate BSE and its team to introduce a system which is simple to use, robust and helped raise capital in the most cost effective and transparent manner,” Neeraj Kumar, Director Finance, IRFC, said.

The platform — BSE Bond — was launched in July to facilitate online bidding for private placement of debt securities.

The funds have been raised from various sources, including banks, mutual funds, insurance companies, foreign portfolio investors and corporates, among others.

“We congratulate BSE and team on providing a strong Electronic Bidding Platform (for private placement of Debt Securities). The same is convenient to use and has improved processing time with market participants,” said Harish Shah, CFO, Kotak Mahindra Prime.

The platform, which allows all categories of investors to place bids, helps bring in transparency and efficiency in price discovery for private placement of debt securities.

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