Snapped Up

The Central Bank said Monday that it had accepted US$ 144.75 mn worth of two-year bids for the first tranche of the governments US$ 100 mn issue.
The bank said it received bids worth US$ 182.25 mn, when the issue opened from June 15-18.rn

rnThe offer was linked to the six month London interbank offered rate or LIBOR plus margin through competitive bidding. rn

rnldblquote At the Tender Board, it was decided to accept US$ 144. 75 mn at the rate of six month LIBOR + 185.20 basis points,
dblquote the Central Banks Acting Superintendent Public Debt Dept., Dr. W M Hemachandra said.rn

rnThe Sri Lanka Development Bond issue is part of a larger US$ 250 mn parcel that is on offer to raise funds to bridge the budget deficit. The other two tranches are expected to hit the market in the coming weeks.rn

rnThe issue is limited to foreign citizens/entities and non-resident Sri Lankans.rn

rnLike previous issues, the dollar denominated debt paper will not carry a rating.rn

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