A.P. (DIR Series)
15/RBI., Dated: January 4, 2018
Refinancing of External Commercial Borrowings
Attention of Authorized Dealer Category - I (AD Category - I) banks is invited to paragraph 2 of the Statement on Developmental and Regulatory Policies issued along with the Fifth Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement for 2017-18. In terms of the extant provisions in paragraphs 2.15 and 2.16 (xiii) of Master Direction No.5 dated January 1, 2016 on “External Commercial Borrowings, Trade Credit, Borrowing and Lending in Foreign Currency by Authorised Dealers and Persons other than Authorised Dealers”, as amended from time to time, Indian corporates are permitted to refinance their existing External Commercial Borrowings (ECBs) at a lower all-in-cost. The overseas branches/subsidiaries of Indian banks are however, not permitted to extend such refinance.
2.In order to provide a level playing field, it has been decided, in consultation with theGovernment of India, to permit the overseas branches/subsidiaries of Indian banks torefinance ECBs of highly rated (AAA) corporates as well as Navratna and MaharatnaPSUs, provided the outstanding maturity of the original borrowing is not reduced and all-in-cost of fresh ECB is lower than the existing ECB. Partial refinance of existing ECBs willalso be permitted subject to same conditions.
3.All other aspects of the ECB policy remain unchanged. AD Category - I banks may bringthe contents of this circular to the notice of their constituents and customers.
4.The aforesaid Master Direction No. 5 dated January 01, 2016 is being updated to reflectthe changes.
5.The directions contained in this circular have been issued under section 10(4) and 11(2)of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (42 of 1999) and are without prejudice topermissions / approvals, if any, required under any other law.