ComBank’s Debenture Issue, largest ever debenture by a private bank oversubscribed on opening day
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ComBank’s Debenture Issue, largest ever debenture by a private bank oversubscribed on opening day


Raises record Rs 20 billion as Bank exercises all options after receiving applications for over three times the initial value

The Commercial Bank of Ceylon’s and Sri Lanka’s largest ever debenture issue by a private bank closed after oversubscription on its opening day, Tuesday 2nd July 2024, raising Rs 20 billion for Sri Lanka’s biggest private sector bank, and demonstrating investor confidence in the institution.

Announcing the oversubscription, the Bank said it had received applications for over three times the Rs 10 billion initial issue amount, and has raised Rs 20 billion by exercising all options.

Commenting on the oversubscription of the Issue, Commercial Bank Managing Director/CEO Mr Sanath Manatunge said: “This is an extremely encouraging vote of confidence from institutional and individual investors. This significant achievement stands as a testament to their unwavering faith in our meticulously crafted strategic roadmap, underpinned by principles of robust governance and sustained financial performance, as the country’s leading private sector financial services provider.”

The Bank offered an initial issue of 100 million Basel III Compliant – Tier 2 Listed Rated Unsecured Subordinated Redeemable Debentures with a Non-Viability Conversion feature, at the par value of Rs 100/= each, to raise a sum of Rupees 10 Billion, with an option to issue up to a further 50 million Debentures, at the discretion of the Bank in the event of an oversubscription of the initial issue, and with a further option to issue up to a further 50 million Debentures, at the discretion of the Bank in the event of an oversubscription of the initial issue and the second tranche.

The Bank said the issue will further strengthen its Tier II capital base, raise funds for the expansion of its lending portfolio, and bridge maturity mismatches in the assets and liabilities portfolio of the Bank.

For the three months ending 31st March 2024 the Commercial Bank Group reported gross income of Rs 80.208 billion, total operating income of Rs 34.947 billion, profit before tax of Rs 16.738 billion and profit after tax of Rs 10.808 billion, with total assets reaching Rs 2.616 trillion, loans and advances totalling Rs 1.316 trillion and total deposits exceeding Rs 2.141 trillion.

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