Essar Energy prices largest CB so far this year

The London-listed Indian company raises $500 million, bringing the total amount of CB issuance on Tuesday to $1.1 billion.

Essar Energy priced its five-year convertible bond at the investor-friendly end of guidance late on Tuesday evening Hong Kong time and, while there was quite a bit of scepticism in the market about the level of demand at that price, the bonds held above par during Asian trading yesterday.

However, the London-listed company with interests in India’s power, oil and gas sectors, wasn’t able to exercise the $100 million upsize option and the deal size was left at $500 million. The overallotment option, which can be used until January 28, was also reduced to $50 million from $75 million.

This brought the total amount of CB issuance by Asia-based companies on Tuesday to $1.1 billion...

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