Sri Lanka’s Central Bank to sell USD250mn development bonds

June 17, 2016 (LBO) – The Central Bank will issue 250 million US dollars development bonds with a tenor of 1 year and 7 months, 2 years and 7 months and 4 years to local and foreign investors.

The Debt Department said the subscription will be at a floating rate of 6 month LIBOR for USD plus a margin through competitive bidding or at a fixed rate to be determined through competitive bidding.

Minimum investment is 10,000 US dollars with additional investments in multiples of 10,000 US dollars.

The issue will be open for subscription from 21 to 27 June and has a date of settlement of 30 June 2016.

The recent development bonds issue amounting to 200 million US dollars oversubscribed with over 516 million US dollars of bids received from investors.

The central bank accepted 250.04 million US dollars in one year bond at a floating rate of six month LIBOR (94 bp) plus 438.01 basis points.

Development bonds are to be issued by the Public Debt Department of Central Bank and exempted from income tax paid in Sri Lanka.

Foreigners, non resident or dual citizen Sri Lankans, NRFC/RFC account holders, authorized dealers in foreign exchange, primary dealers in government securities, BOI specified companies and specified insurance companies are among eligible investors.