Yes Bank raises $150 million loan from IFC

Private sector lender Yes Bank today said it has raised a seven-year loan of $150 million from World Bank group member IFC for onlending to small businesses.

The bank has swapped the loan under the Reserve Bank's concessional swap window offered to banks in order to attract dollars, it said in a statement.

"The final pricing in rupee for this loan is in line with the rupee deposit for that tenor," Yes Bank Group President Jaideep Iyer told PTI. Longer tenor of the loan is a welcome factor for the bank, he added.

Additionally, a part of loan given to small businesses will qualify as priority sector lending (PSL), which will be another advantage, he added.

The loans granted by IFC include $45 million under a co-lending programme of IFC, $60 million from IFC's own account (both for seven years), and $45 million syndicated loan provided by Intesa Sanpaolo, Bank Muscat, Doha Bank and AKA Frankfurt for a tenor of two years, the statement said.

IFC will be monitoring the beneficiaries of the loan under a fixed arrangement, Iyer said, adding that the bank's SME book stands at 9 per cent.

Under the new Governor Raghuram Rajan, Reserve Bank had opened a swap facility for banks offering a 1 percentage point discount to banks for funds raised overseas.

The facility was discontinued by RBI on November 30, but it had said that those who have already sealed negotiations with their lenders till that date can receive the funds till December 31.

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