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External Commercial Borrowings (ECB) Policy

RBI/2011 -12/273
A. P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 51

November 23 , 2011

To,

All Category - I Authorised Dealer Banks

Dear Madam / Sir,

External Commercial Borrowings (ECB) Policy

Attention of Authorised Dealer Category-I (AD Category-I) banks is invited to A. P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 19 dated December 9, 2009 relating to the all-in-cost ceiling of External Commercial Borrowings ( ECB ).

2. On a review of developments in the global financial markets and the fact that borrowers are experiencing difficulties in raising ECBs within the existing all-in-cost ceiling, it has been decided to revise the all-in-cost ceiling for ECB as under:

Average Maturity Period

All-in-cost over 6 month LIBOR*

Existing

Revised

Three years and up to five years

300 bps

350 bps

More than five years

500 bps

500 bps ( no change)

* for the respective currency of borrowing or applicable benchmark

3. The enhancement in all-in-cost ceiling is applicable up to March 31, 2012 and subject to review thereafter. The change in the all-in-cost ceiling will come into force immediately. All other aspects of ECB policy remain unchanged.

4. AD Category-I banks may bring the contents of this circular to the notice of their constituents and customers concerned.

5. The directions contained in this circular have been issued under sections 10 (4) and 11 (1) of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (42 of 1999) and are without prejudice to permissions / approvals, if any, required under any other law.

Yours faithfully,

(Rashmi Fauzdar)
Chief General Manager

Related Press Release

Nov 23, 2011

ECB Policy modified: All-in-cost Ceiling enhanced; ECB raised for Rupee Outlay to be brought in Immediately


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