The bank plans to use the proceeds to support its loan book expansion and to strengthen its Tier II capital base. The debentures are to be listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange.
The debentures are to qualify as Basel III compliant regulatory Tier II capital for the bank and include a non-viability trigger upon the occurrence of a trigger event, as determined by the Monetary Board of Sri Lanka.
Fitch Ratings has assigned Bank of Ceylon's (BOC, AA+(lka)/Stable) proposed Sri Lankan rupee-denominated Basel III-compliant subordinated unsecured debentures a final National Long-Term Rating of 'AA(lka)'.
The final terms indicate that the notes are subject to temporary or permanent write-down as determined by the Monetary Board of Sri Lanka and can be partially or fully written down upon the occurrence of a trigger event.
There are no equity conversion provisions in the terms. The final rating follows the receipt of documents conforming to information already received and is in line with the expected rating assigned on 26 October 2017, Fitch Ratings stated in a media release.