SBI and IOCL ink the first SOFR linked deal in the ECB market
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First SOFR linked deal in the External Commercial Borrowing (ECB) market
Mumbai – 17th March 2021: Country’s largest commercial bank, State Bank of India (SBI) has been awarded the mandate for the first SOFR (Secured Overnight Financing Rate) linked ECB deal by Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL). SOFR is an identified replacement for USD LIBOR which is expected to be phased out at the end of 2021. The sunset has been triggered by the decision of Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in UK not to compel contributing banks for LIBOR calculation after December 2021.
On this occasion, Deputy Managing Director (International Banking Group), Shri C Venkat Nageswar, said, “It is the first SOFR deal in the ECB space and the transaction demonstrates SBI’s position as a leader in aligning its systems and processes to embrace Alternate Reference Rates (ARRs). IOCL, the largest public sector Oil Marketing Company in India, by availing the first SOFR linked ECB, will set the pace for smooth transition by Indian Corporates to ARR mechanism.”
Mr Sandeep Kumar Gupta, Director (Finance), IOCL said, “This is a first step, albeit an important one, in our quest to gear up for the impending transition from LIBOR to Alternate Reference Rates. This will also facilitate in efficiently tapping the funding opportunities provided by the ECB market in future.”
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