India to enter green bond market with $1 billion debut auction on Wednesday

If this sovereign auction is over-subscribed and the cutoff yield materially lower than regular government bonds, it would encourage larger green issuance next year

Ronojoy Mazumdar and Subhadip Sircar | Bloomberg
Green bonds

This offering will be sold in 5-year and 10-year tenors via a uniform price auction on Jan. 25; a second, similar offering is set for Feb. 9

India’s first sovereign green bond will go to auction Wednesday, and policy makers have laid the groundwork to ensure a successful debut.  Authorities have promoted the 80 billion rupee ($984 million) issue to the country’s biggest domestic asset managers, including state-run insurers and pension funds as well as foreign investors. The insurance industry regulator will allow the bonds to count toward insurers’ required infrastructure investments. Banks can use it toward mandatory government holdings, and there’s no limit for foreign buyers. 

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First Published: Jan 24 2023 | 6:48 AM IST

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