|SKS MICROFINANCE issues INR 250 million of Non Convertible Debentures Fully subscribed by YES BANK|
First-of-its-kind Rated Paper Issuance by a Microfinance Institution (MFI) in India lead managed and arranged by YES BANK
- March 05, 2009 :YES BANK, India's new age private sector Bank, today announced that it has subscribed to INR 250 million of rated Non Convertible Debentures (NCD) issued by SKS Microfinance, India's largest and the world's fastest growing microfinance institution. The bond has a tenor of one year from the date of allotment with a coupon rate of 10.50% per annum. YES BANK was the lead manger to the issue - a first of its kind issuance of rated paper by an Indian MFI.
On successful completion of the transaction, Mr. Suresh Gurumani, MD & CEO of SKS Microfinance said, "SKS is the only MFI in the country to raise funds through non-Convertible Debenture. The funds will be utilised to provide financial services to a larger section of the poor. "
Somak Ghosh, Group President, Corporate Finance and Development Banking, YES BANK, on fully subscribing to the issue said, "YES BANK's microfinance initiatives/approach/focus is centred on using structured capital market products to provide MFIs access to a broader base of investors and lenders thus reducing cost of funds and lowering transaction costs for the sector. The successful closure of SKS's rated bond issue is the fruition of such efforts at YES BANK and SKS Microfinance and will help the MFI tap sophisticated capital market investors opening up additional, cost-effective sources of funds.
Announcing this landmark transaction, Mr. S. Dilli Raj, CFO of SKS Microfinance said, "SKS becomes the first Indian MFI to issue a rated bond. This showcases SKS's structuring and financial innovation skills. The fact that the Bond is a stand alone issuance with no credit enhancement in the form of any 3rd party guarantee or collateral speaks volumes of SKS's Balance Sheet strength."
Microfinance has been recognized as an efficient poverty alleviation intervention, its expansion in India is significantly impeded by its relatively limited access to capital markets resulting in MFIs continuing to face challenges of high cost of funds. YES BANK innovative structured solutions at reasonable costs allow for broad basing financing opportunities to such institutional groups.
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About SKS Microfinance
SKS Microfinance is a non-bank finance company (NBFC) whose mission is to eradicate poverty by providing financial services to the poor. Established in 1998, SKS Microfinance is India's largest and one of the world's fastest growing microfinance organizations with an annual growth rate of 200 per cent. It currently serves 3.6 million clients across 60,000 villages and slums in 18 states and has disbursed Rs. 5,788 Crore in loans with a 99 % repayment rate. SKS also provides life and health insurance to its clients.
SKS has received numerous awards including the Young Global Leaders by World Economic Forum, CGAP Pro-Poor Innovation Award, the ABN-AMRO/Planet Finance Process Excellence Award, Citibank information Integrity Award, the Digital Partners SEL Award and the Grameen Foundation USA Excellence Award. Business Week has recently named SKS as one the Top 5 emerging and influential companies in the world. It was founded by Vikram Akula, who was named by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World (2006).