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People’s Bank to issue Sri Lanka's largest ever listed debenture

The People’s Bank Investment Banking Unit (PBIBU) reached a new high in its track record by successfully ensuring oversubscription of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Debenture Issue for LKR 20 billion, the largest ever Listed Debenture Issue in Sri Lanka.

“Accordingly, CEB’s Senior, Unsecured, Listed, Redeemable, Rated Debentures with a maturity period of five years was oversubscribed on the opening day itself thus consolidating PBIBU’s position as the undisputed leader in investment banking in Sri Lanka,” the People’s Bank said in a media release.

The PBIBU will be the Managers to the upcoming Unlisted Debenture Issue of Urban Development Authority for LKR 15 billion which illustrates the undisputed leadership of PBIBU among the state-owned entities for their capital market requirements.

Furthermore, in July 2020 PBIBU successfully structured the largest Unlisted Debenture Issue ever to be issued in Sri Lanka which was for LKR 20 billion on behalf of People’s Bank.

PBIBU was established in 2011 as a part of People’s Bank’s Treasury Unit to focus on the growth and development of the country and its capital markets.

It offers a full range of services including financing and advisory services, initial public offerings, debt structuring, fixed income security trading, loan syndications, trustee services and securitizations.

It has been growing from strength to strength, gaining repute as a preferred partner for its expert investment services which was further recognised as the Fastest Growing Investment Banking Unit in Sri Lanka by Global Banking and Finance Review Awards in 2018.

By leveraging on strong group synergies, PBIBU has positioned itself as an innovative solutions provider for its clientele and in recent years it has managed to secure some of the most high-profile transactions in the country’s capital markets, the release said.

PBIBU, guided by the vision of People’s Bank, has always played a pivotal role in raising capital for the development of the country. For example, in 2013 it acted as the Manager to the Issue of the first-ever secured Housing sector Debenture Issue and in 2014 the first-ever Plantation Sector Debenture Issue with an Enhanced Credit Rating in the country.

Earlier this year, PBIBU also acted as the Restructuring Partner for the Road Development Authority for their loan facilities which exceeded LKR 200 billion.

Furthermore, the PBIBU was also the Joint Placement Agent for the largest Non-Bank Listed Debenture Issue of LKR 10 billion for LOLC Holdings PLC which was successfully concluded recently.

The release said People’s Bank also has had many significant achievements in the fund-raising sphere both in domestic and foreign markets.

The bank raised LKR 30 billion locally via two unlisted debentures issues within a short period of nine months in November 2019 and July 2020 where PBIBU acted as the Managers to the Issue.

Furthermore, People’s Bank managed to secure a USD 200 million bilateral, eight-year facility in late 2019 which was the largest and longest tenor USD facility ever secured by a Sri Lankan commercial bank.

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