Airtel plans to mobilize Rs 5,000 crore via LSE

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Telecom network operator Bharti Airtel on Friday said it intends issuing its maiden Sterling Bond of up to Rs 5,000 crore on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

“This debut pound issue will be used for refinancing our existing loan portfolio. Besides utilising the capital and expertise of Britain in financing Indian telecom growth story, the issue will further strengthen the long-term strategic partnership between the two nations,” said Harjeet Kohli, group treasurer, Bharti Airtel.

In a statement to Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Bharti Airtel said it also has issuances across maturities in dollars, euros and Swiss francs listed on the Singapore, Frankfurt and Swiss Stock Exchanges.

India’s largest cellular services provider said these bond issuances have helped Bharti Airtel diversify its investor base, currency exposure and extend maturity of its debt portfolio while setting a yield curve for its credit.

The intended bond issue, when issued, will help Bharti Airtel drive its strategy of further diversification and further extension of maturities.

The company also said that the intended issue and its timing remain subject to necessary authorisations and approvals, global credit environment and market conditions.

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