NHPC 8.92% Tax-Free Bonds – October 2013 Issue

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NHPC Limited (formerly National Hydroelectric Power Corporation) will launch its issue of tax-free bonds from October 18th, the coming Friday. Coupon rates of NHPC are absolutely same as they are offered by PFC in its issue which is getting open for subscription from today i.e 8.92% per annum for 20 years, 8.79% per annum for 15 years and 8.43% per annum for 10 years.

NHPC has decided to run this issue till November 11th, the same date on which the PFC issue is also slated to get closed. But, in case of oversubscription or undersubscription, the company has the authority to preclose the issue or extend the issue closing date.

Size of the Issue - The base size of the issue is Rs. 700 crore and there is a green-shoe option with the company to retain oversubscription of an additional Rs. 300 crore, thus making this issue of Rs. 1,000 crore the smallest of all the tax-free bond issues launched this financial year so far.

Rs. 1,000 crore is the total amount NHPC has been authorised to raise from tax-free bonds this financial year. I think NHPC will not be required to do any private placement to raise money from tax-free bonds as there is enough appetite for its high yielding bonds in the market.

Red Signal again for NRIs - Like IIFCL did that first, NHPC has also decided not to offer these bonds to the non-resident Indians (NRIs) and qualified foreign investors (QFIs). So, if any of the NRIs wants to invest in the tax-free bonds yielding as high as 8.92%, then he/she will have to opt for the PFC issue.

Rating of the Issue - Like PFC issue, NHPC issue is also ‘AAA’ rated. ICRA, CARE and India Ratings have assigned ‘AAA’ rating to this issue, which is their highest rating to any debt issue. Also, the bonds will be ‘Secured’ by a pari passu first charge on specific assets of the company, with an asset cover of one time of the total outstanding amount of bonds.

Listing - NHPC has become the first company to propose and obtain the necessary approval to get its tax-free bonds listed on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) as well as on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) this financial year.

Investors can apply for these bonds either in demat form or in physical form, as per their choice. The company will get the bonds allotted and listed within 12 working days from the issue closing date.

No Lock-in Period - As these bonds get traded on the stock exchanges and do not provide any tax deduction u/s 80CCF or 54EC, there is no lock-in period with these bonds. The investors are allowed to sell these bonds at the prevailing market rate whenever they want to do so. There are no charges involved with premature encashment and there will not be any tax penalty payable to the tax authorities.

No TDS - As these are tax-free bonds, there is no question of TDS getting deducted, whether you take them in physical form or demat form.

Interest Payment Date & Record Date - NHPC has decided to fix April 1, 2014 as the first interest payment date. For subsequent years also, interest will be paid on April 1st every year. The record date for payment of interest or the maturity amount will be 15 days prior to the date on which such amount is payable.

Categories of Investors & Allocation Ratio - The investors again have been classified in the following four categories and each category has certain percentage of the issue reserved for the allotment:

  • Category I – Qualified Institutional Bidders (QIBs) – 15% of the issue is reserved
  • Category II – Non-Institutional Investors (NIIs) – 20% of the issue is reserved
  • Category III – High Networth Individuals (HNIs) including HUFs – 25% of the issue is reserved
  • Category IV – Resident Indian Individuals (RIIs) including HUFs – 40% of the issue is reserved

Allotment on FCFS Basis - Subject to the allocation ratio, allotment will be made on a first come first serve (FCFS) basis in each of the investor categories, based on the date of upload of each application into the electronic system of the stock exchanges.

Minimum & Maximum Investment - Investors are required to apply for a minimum of five bonds of Rs. 1,000 face value each, thus making Rs. 5,000 as the minimum investment to be made. An applicant may choose to apply for these bonds of the same series or across different series also.

Retail Investors’ investment limit stands at Rs. 10 lakhs, beyond which they will be considered as HNIs and will get a lower rate of interest.

Interest on Application Money & Refund - NHPC will pay interest to the successful allottees on their application money at the applicable coupon rates, from the date of realization of application money up to one day prior to the deemed date of allotment. Unsuccessful allottees will get interest @ 5% per annum on their refund money.

Though the issue is getting launched four days after the PFC issue, I think it is very important for the investors, who are planning to invest in PFC and NHPC both or only in NHPC, to first go for the NHPC issue as soon as possible because the issue size in itself is relatively much smaller. Retail investors will have only Rs. 400 crore to be invested in this issue as compared to Rs. 1,550.36 crore to be invested in the PFC issue.

Also, I think the spillover portion of the non-retail investors is unlikely to fall into retail investors’ kitty this time around. As compared to the PFC issue, I think there is a high probability that this issue will get a better response from the non-retail investors also, as they would like to diversify their investments across different companies and this is the first time NHPC has been issuing these tax-free bonds through a public issue.

That is why, I think this issue will get preclosed much earlier than its official closing date of November 11th. I am expecting this issue to get oversubscribed very soon and get closed in October itself.

Application Form of NHPC Tax Free Bonds

Note: As per SEBI guidelines, ‘Bidding’ is mandatory before banking the application form, else the application is liable to get rejected. For bidding of your application, any further info or to invest in NHPC tax-free bonds, you can contact me at +919811797407

 

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NHPC 8.92% Tax-Free Bonds - Application Forms - October 2013

After REC 8.71% issue, HUDCO 8.76% issue, IIFCL 8.75% issue & PFC 8.92% issue, NHPC would be the fifth such company to issue tax free bonds this financial year from October 18th. As the interest rates are still ruling higher, NHPC is offering the highest interest rates @ 8.92% for 20 years, 8.79% for 15 years and 8.43% for 10 years.

 

I have created the link to download the application forms of NHPC tax-free bonds and I hope it is going to help you in applying for these bonds. So, here is the link to download the application forms for PFC Tax-Free Bonds: Download NHPC Tax Free Bonds Application Form


As per the SEBI guideline, ‘Bidding’ is mandatory before banking the application form, else the application is liable to get rejected. For bidding of your application, any further info or to invest in NHPC tax-free bonds, you can contact me at +91-9811797407 or +91-9999649899 or mail me at skukreja@investitude.co.in

 

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PFC 8.92% Tax-Free Bonds - Application Forms - October 2013

After REC 8.71% issue, HUDCO 8.76% issue & IIFCL 8.75% issue, PFC has become the fourth such company to issue tax free bonds this financial year from October 14th. As the interest rates are still ruling higher, PFC is offering the highest interest rates @ 8.92% for 20 years, 8.79% for 15 years and 8.43% for 10 years.

 

I have created the link to download the application forms of PFC tax-free bonds and I hope it is going to help you in applying for these bonds. So, here is the link to download the PFC Tax-Free Bonds application forms: Download PFC Tax Free Bonds Application Form


As per the SEBI guideline, ‘Bidding’ is mandatory before banking the application form, else the application is liable to get rejected. For bidding of your application, any further info or to invest in PFC tax-free bonds, you can contact me at +91-9811797407 or +91-9999649899 or mail me at skukreja@investitude.co.in

 

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PFC 8.92% Tax-Free Bonds - October 2013 Issue

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‘AAA’ rated REC issue offered 8.71% to its investors, ‘AA+’ rated HUDCO issue fixed it at 8.76% and then ‘AAA’ rated IIFCL issue managed to cross REC’s peak rate of interest with 8.75%, but now it is the turn of Power Finance Corporation (PFC) to surpass all previous rates to set this year’s highest interest rate on its tax-free bonds by offering 8.92% for a 20-year duration.

PFC would be the fourth company to launch its public issue of tax free bonds this year from Monday i.e. October 14th. The issue would run till fifth Monday i.e. November 11th. But, the company may extend it or preclose it, depending on the investors’ response to the issue.

Interest rates offered by PFC are the highest rates for all three tenors. PFC has set its coupon rates at 8.92% per annum for 20 years, 8.79% per annum for 15 years and 8.43% per annum for 10 years. This jump is due to a rise in the benchmark G-Sec rates in the last 10-15 trading days, after the Repo Rate hike by the RBI.

Size of the Issue - PFC has been authorised to raise Rs. 5,000 crore from tax-free bonds this financial year, out of which it has already raised Rs. 1,124.10 crore through a private placement on August 30th. The company plans to raise the remaining 3,875.90 crore from this issue, with the base issue size of Rs. 750 crore and the green-shoe option of Rs. 3,125.90 crore.

Like REC, if this issue gets subscribed to the tune of Rs. 3,875.90 crore, it will be the last issue of PFC this financial year.

Green Signal for NRIs - After IIFCL not allowing NRIs and QFIs to invest in its issue, PFC has decided not to do that. NRIs, on repatriation basis and on non-repatriation basis, are eligible to invest in this issue. Qualified Foreign Investors (QFIs) are also eligible to participate in this issue.

No Lock-in Period - Many people have been asking me about the lock-in period of these tax-free bond issues, but I don’t know how I missed to mention it here in all my previous posts that there is no lock-in period with these tax-free bonds. If you subscribe to these bonds in demat form, you can sell them anytime you want after their listing on the stock exchange.

These are not tax saving bonds, like 80CCF Infrastructure Bonds or 54EC Capital Gain Tax Saving Bonds, which carry a lock-in period of five years and three years respectively.

Listing - PFC will get these bonds listed only on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). Investors can apply for these bonds either in demat form or in physical form, as per their choice. The company will get the bonds allotted and listed within 12 working days from the issue closing date.

Rating of the issue - Three credit rating agencies, CRISIL, ICRA and CARE have rated this issue and all of them have rated it as ‘AAA’, which is their highest rating to any debt issue. Also, these bonds are ‘Secured’ in nature against certain assets of the company.

Categories of Investors & Allocation Ratio - The investors again have been classified in the following four categories and each category has certain percentage of the issue reserved for the allotment:

  • Category I – Qualified Institutional Bidders – 15% of the issue is reserved
  • Category II – Non-Institutional Investors – 20% of the issue is reserved
  • Category III – High Networth Individuals including HUFs, NRIs & QFIs – 25% of the issue reserved
  • Category IV – Resident Indian Individuals including HUFs, NRIs & QFIs – 40% of the issue reserved

Minimum & Maximum Investment - There is no change in the minimum investment requirement of Rs. 5,000 i.e. at least 5 bonds of Rs. 1,000 face value each. Retail Investors’ investment limit stands at Rs. 10 lakhs, beyond which they will be considered as HNIs and will get a lower rate of interest.

Interest on Application Money & Refund - PFC will pay interest to the successful allottees on their application money at the applicable coupon rates, from the date of realization of application money up to one day prior to the deemed date of allotment. Unsuccessful allottees will get interest @ 5% per annum on their refund money.

Factors favouring investment in this PFC Issue…

Highest Coupon Rates - Thanks to a sudden spike in the G-Sec yields in the last 10-12 trading days since the RBI raised the Repo Rate in its monetary policy of September 20th, PFC has been to offer the highest interest rates of the current financial year. I think with 8.92% or 8.79% tax-free rates, investors in the 30% or 20% tax brackets would not even think of going for a bank FD @ 9%.

RBI cutting the MSF Rate - RBI has cut the MSF Rate by 50 basis points to 9% a couple of days back. The idea was to reduce liquidity crunch in the banking system and help banks in reducing their cost of overnight (very short-term) borrowings and also normalize the yield curve. This move makes market participants believe that the RBI will try to cap the rise in overall interest rates as much as possible.

Fall in G-Sec Yield - As a result of the RBI’s move to cut the MSF Rate, the 10-year G-Sec yield has fallen from 8.68% to 8.46% in the last couple of days. If this fall is not temporary and continues for a little longer time, you would see a fall in the coupon rates of the upcoming tax-free bond issues.

Postponement of QE3 Tapering & US Shutdown - US Federal Reserve’s decision to postpone QE3 tapering and a partial shutdown in the US have resulted in a fall in the 10-year bond yield there from 3%+ to 2.64% today. This should also keep the sentiment somewhat healthy here in the Indian bond market.

Steep fall in September Trade Deficit - With a fall in gold & oil imports and a surge in exports, the Ministry of Commerce today announced a steep fall in our September trade deficit. The problem, which was becoming too burdensome for our economy, is finally getting controlled. This should strengthen the value of Indian rupee against the US dollar in the coming days and the bond yield should also move lower.

Factors against this PFC Issue - Though there are not many factors which come to my mind against this issue, but overall things are not very bright for the power financing sector here in India. PFC, REC and PTC India Financial Services are some of the companies which have been struggling to get their money back which they have been lending to the state electricity boards (SEBs) over the years.

These kind of events have resulted in its share price falling from Rs. 350+ during 2010-11 to below Rs. 100 this year and I think stock price performance is a good barometer to check a company’s current financial health and future prospects. So, this is one thing which you should consider before investing your money in this issue.

With PFC offering relatively higher interest rates and NHPC issue hitting the market only in the third week, I would prefer to invest my money in this issue as compared to HUDCO and IIFCL issues. With so many positives and a possible fall in inflation & interest rates, I think PFC’s rates would be the highest coupon rates offered by any ‘AAA’ rated issuer this financial year.

Application Form of PFC Tax Free Bonds

As per SEBI guidelines, ‘Bidding’ is mandatory before banking the application form, else the application is liable to get rejected. For bidding of your application, any further info or to invest in PFC tax-free bonds, you can contact me at +91-9811797407 or mail me at skukreja@investitude.co.in

 

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IIFCL 8.75% Tax-Free Bonds - Application Forms - October 2013

After REC 8.71% issue and HUDCO 8.76% issue, India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL) would be the third such company to come up with its public issue of tax free bonds this financial year from the coming Thursday i.e. October 3rd. As the interest rates are still ruling higher, IIFCL is offering very attractive interest rates @ 8.75% for 20 years, 8.63% for 15 years and 8.39% for 10 years.

 

I have created the link to download the application forms for the IIFCL tax-free bonds issue and I hope it is going to help the investors. So, here is the link to download the IIFCL Tax-Free Bonds application forms: Download IIFCL Tax Free Bonds Application Form


As per the SEBI guideline, ‘Bidding’ is mandatory before banking the application form. For bidding of your application, any further info or to invest in the IIFCL tax-free bonds, you can contact me at +91-9811797407 or +91-9999649899 or mail me at skukreja@investitude.co.in

 

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