Sri Lanka’s Gross Official Reserves Exceed US dollars 4 billion, its Highest Ever
The gross official reserves of the country surpassed the US dollars 4 billion level on 10 September 2009. This level of reserves is equivalent to over 4.4 months of imports and is the highest ever reserves level of Sri Lanka.
With the renewed investor confidence and the continuation of the steady increase in foreign exchange inflows, the country’s external reserve position is expected to strengthen further in the coming months.
Maturing 2 Year Sri Lanka Development Bonds (SLDBs) re-issued with a 3 Year maturity at a yield of 6 month LIBOR + 425 bps
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka, on behalf of the Government, offered to issue Sri Lanka Development Bonds (SLDBs) to eligible investor categories for subscription at a rate of US Dollar 6 month LIBOR plus a margin to be determined through competitive bidding.
The offer was opened on 09th September 2009 with the settlement on 22nd September 2009. The offer was oversubscribed with total bids received (US Dollar 63 million) amounting to 1.3 times the offer by both foreign and local commercial banks. Of the bids received, the Government decided to accept US Dollar 41 million at the market determined rate of US Dollar 6 month LIBOR + 425 bps (weighted average margin).
Today, the US Dollar 6 month LIBOR rate is 0.6775 per cent. The margins of past three auctions held during this year with a 2 year maturity period were 540 bps, 497 bps, and 450 bps respectively for March, June, and August 2009 SLDB issues.
This SLDB issue is within the annual borrowing limit approved by Parliament for 2009 and the funds mobilized through the new bond issuance are to be used to settle maturing 2 year SLDBs of US Dollar 35 million.
The SLDBs are transferable by endorsement, delivery and registration with the Superintendent of the Public Debt of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. Eligible investors may purchase SLDBs from Designated Agents appointed by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in the secondary market.
Sri Lanka International Sovereign Bond Issue of US$ 500 million in 2009
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka, on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka, is due to issue an International Sovereign Bond amounting to US Dollar 500 million in international markets in October 2009.
After evaluation of proposals received from seven international banks/investment houses, the Government of Sri Lanka has selected three leading international banks/investment houses, namely the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC), JP Morgan and the
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) as Joint Lead Managers/Bookrunners/Underwriters for this bond issue.
In addition, Bank of Ceylon has been appointed as a Co-manager to work with the three Joint Lead Managers to execute the bond issuance.