People’s Bank Investment Banking Unit (PBIBU) soared to reach a new high in its track record by successfully ensuring over subscription of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Debenture Issue, the largest ever Listed Debenture Issue in Sri Lanka for Rs 20 billion.
Accordingly, CEB’s Senior, Unsecured, Listed, Redeemable, Rated Debentures with a maturity period of five years was oversubscribed on the opening day itself thus consolidating PBIBU’s position as the undisputed leader in Investment Banking in Sri Lanka.
Furthermore,in July 2020 PBIBU successfully structured the largest Unlisted Debenture Issue ever to be issued in Sri Lanka which was for Rs 20 billion on behalf of People’s Bank. PBIBU was established in 2011 as a part of People’s Bank’s Treasury Unit to focus on the growth and development of the country and its capital markets. It offers a full range of services including financing and advisory services, initial public offerings, debt structuring, fixed income security trading, loan syndications, trustee services and securitizations. PBIBU,guided by the vision of People’s Bank, has always played a pivotal role in raising capital for the development of the country. For example, in 2013 it acted as the manager to the Issue of the first-ever
secured Housing sector Debenture Issue and in 2014 the first-ever Plantation Sector Debenture Issue with an Enhanced Credit Rating in the country.
Earlier this year, PBIBU also acted as the Restructuring Partner for the Road Development Authority for their loan facilities which exceeded Rs 200 billion. Further, PBIBU will be the Managers to the upcoming Unlisted Debenture Issue of Urban Development Authority for Rs 15 billion which illustrates the undisputed leadership of PBIBU among the State Owned Entities for their capital market requirements.
Furthermore,the PBIBU was also the Joint Placement Agent for the largest Non-Bank Listed Debenture Issue of R s10 billion for LOLC Holdings PLC which was successfully concluded recently.People’s Bank also has had many significant achievements in the fund-raising sphere both in domestic and foreign markets. The Bank raised Rs 30 billion locally via two unlisted debentures issues within a short period of 9 months in November 2019and July 2020 where PBIBU acted as the Managers to the Issue.
Furthermore, People’s Bank managed to secure a US$ 200 million bilateral, eight-year facility in late 2019 which was the largest and longest tenor US$ facility ever secured by a Sri Lankan commercial bank.