Bharti Airtel raises $3 bn post QIP and FCCB Offering

Bharti Airtel, India’s integrated telecommunications company has announced the successful fund raising exercise through completion of Qualified Institutional Placement (“QIP”) and pricing of Foreign Currency Convertible Bonds (“FCCBs”). The transaction is the largest dual tranche Equity and FCCB offering ever in Asia-Pacific, the largest QIP by a private sector issuer ever in India and the largest FCCB offering from an India issuer in the last 12 years. The overall allotment is predominantly to long only investors, thereby also ensuring diversification of the shareholder base of Bharti Airtel.

The Company raised $2 billion through the QIP route; which saw participation by highly reputed global and Indian investors. The Company accordingly will issue 323,595,505 equity shares of face ‘Value of Rs. 5 per equity share at a price of Rs. 445 which implies a discount of 1.57% on the SEBI determined floor price of Rs. 452.09 per equity share. Post the QIP issl..e, the holding of promoter and promoter group will be 58.98 % as against 62.70 %.

The transaction was anchored by several existing and new shareholders. Several of the large Global long only funds, Sovereign Wealth Funds, Domestic Mutual Funds, Multi-strategy Funds and Insurance Companies participated in the offering in sizable quantities. Long only investors comprised 80% of the demand for the QIP.

Harjeet Kohli, Group Director, Bharti Enterprises, said, “Despite a volatile market environment and challenging global macro-economic conditions, the offering witnessed a strong response from the global and domestic investor community. This underlines Airtel’s growth oriented financial performance and future growth potential of our business and the sector. W3 are delighted with the participation and continuing support of high quality investors thereby ensuring further diversification of the shareholder base of Bharti Airtel.”

The net proceeds of the fund raised will primarily be used to augment the company’s long term resources and strengthen the balance sheet, servicing and lor repayment of short term and long term debts capital expenditures, statutory dues, long term working capital requirements and general corporate purposes as permitted under applicable laws.

Axis Capital Limited, Citigroup GLObal Markets India Private Limited and J.P. Morgan India Private Limited acted as Global Coordinators and Bookrunning Lead Managers and, Goldman Sachs (India) Securities Private Limited, BNP Paribas, DSP Merrill Lynch Limited HDFC Bank Limite’j and HSBC Securities and Capital Markets (India) Private Limited were the Bookrunning Lead Managers for the QIP issue and Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C., Barclays Bank PLC. BNP Paribas Securities (Asia) Limited, Citigroup Global Markets Limited, J.P. Morgan Securities plc were Joint Managers and Joint Bookrunners and DBS Bank Ltd. was the co-manager for the FCCBs. The Legal Advisors to the Company were AZB & Partners and Linklaters Singapore Pte. Ltd.; and the Legal Advisors to the managers were Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co and Latham & Watkins LLP. Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP Chartered Accountants is the Statutory Auditors of the Company.

The Board and Shareholders of the company had approved fundraise of $2 billion equity capital via a Qualified Institutions Placement and a further $1 billion Foreign Currency Convertible Bond offering. The transaction is subject to customary closing formalities. 

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