India Billionaires Mount Dollar-Debt Rush After Nation's Upgrade

Indian borrowers are wasting no time in selling international bonds after a sovereign rating upgrade Friday pushed yield premiums on the country’s dollar notes near a decade low.

India’s largest company Reliance Industries Ltd., rated the same as the sovereign, just opened books for a 10-year bond to refinance existing debt, according to a person familiar with the offering. That would be its first dollar note this year. Adani Abbot Point Terminal Pty, an Australian coal logistics supplier owned by Indian infrastructure giant Adani Group, kicks off investor meetings Monday for a dollar note, a person familiar with the plans said. Rural Electrification Corp. also hired banks for a $400 million bond deal, people familiar said.

The average spread on dollar bonds from India over U.S. Treasuries compressed 4.3 basis points on Friday, to 208.5 basis points, after Moody’s Investors Service raised India’s sovereign rating for the first time since 2004. The drop took the risk premium near the lowest level since 2007, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. indexes.

— With assistance by Annie Lee, and Mariko Ishikawa

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