Indian cement company launches bond

Gujarat Ambuja Cements issues Rs1 billion deal via HSBC.

Gujarat Ambuja Cements GACL, India's leading cement manufacturer, has launched its first bond deal of 2002. HSBC Securities and Capital Markets India acted as sole lead manager on the Rs1 billion $20.7 million transaction.

The five-year fixed rate deal, which was rated triple-A by Fitch, offers a nominal rate of 9.28%, to be paid semi-annually. As it was priced at a discount of 99.99, the bonds real yield is 9.29%, 203bp over five-year government paper.

HSBC said the offering was placed privately with domestic institutional investors including mutual funds, insurance companies and banks.

While acknowledging HSBC's own role in successfully placing the deal, Zarir Cama, chairman of HSBC Securities and Capital Markets in...

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