Rs. 1 b maiden debenture issue of Hemas oversubscribed

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Hemas Holdings PLC’s five year listed unsecured redeemable debenture issue rated A+(lka) by Fitch Ratings was oversubscribed and closed in the early hours of the Issue opening day. The initial issue was to raise Rs. 500 million with an option to increase up to a further Rs. 500 million at the discretion of Hemas in the event of an oversubscription. In light of the oversubscription of the initial issue and due to the keen interest of investors, Hemas decided to excise the green shoe option by raising up to Rs. 1,000 million. Hemas intends to utilise the funds raised through this issue to convert a portion of the existing floating rate borrowings of both Hemas and its subsidiary companies (Group) to fixed rate and have a combination of both fixed rate and floating rate borrowings in their respective balance sheets. This will allow the Group to be in a better position to hedge against fluctuations in market interest rates in the medium term and reduce finance costs at Group level. Hemas CEO Steven Enderby, commenting on the success of the issue, stated: “We are delighted to witness the overwhelming response of the investors to our Group’s maiden debenture issue and appreciate the trust and confidence placed on us by those investors who will from this point onwards be our new stakeholders in our journey towards success.” NDB Investment Bank Ltd. acted as the Financial Advisors and Managers to the issue whilst National Development Bank PLC and Bank of Ceylon acted as the Bankers to the issue and Trustee to the issue respectively. Legal counsel to the issue was provided by Nithya Partners and SSP Corporate Services Ltd. acted as the Registrars to the issue. Hemas Holdings PLC is a diversified conglomerate with a focus on five key sectors, namely Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Healthcare, Transportation, Leisure and Power Generation.