SBI signs MoU with NIIF to boost infrastructure financing

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The initiative will help SBI and NIIF to review opportunities to unlock capital from operational projects, thereby creating room for fresh lending, and addressing asset-liability mismatches.

State Bank of India (SBI) and National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to boost availability of capital for infrastructure projects. The scope of the MoU includes equity investments, project funding, bond financing, renewable energy support and take-out finance for operating assets. The objective of this initiative is to aid in filling the gap at a time when the availability of equity and debt financing for infrastructure has moderated.

On the sidelines of the signing event, Rajnish Kumar, Chairman, SBI said “Today on auspicious occasion of 64th Bank’s Day, SBI and NIIF have joined hands to provide a suite of financing solutions to Infrastructure sector. The initiative will address concerns relating to availability of equity and long term debt funding options to large scale projects thereby stimulating infrastructure development”.

Sujoy Bose, Managing Director and CEO, NIIF said “The availability of post-construction take-out equity and debt financing for developers and builders of infrastructure projects will play an important role in the infrastructure development cycle in India. NIIF’s partnership with SBI will allow us to design large-scale long-term financing solutions to address this need. We are delighted to sign this MOU today, and congratulate SBI on its 64th Bank’s Day.”

The initiative will help SBI and NIIF to review opportunities to unlock capital from operational projects, thereby creating room for fresh lending, and addressing asset-liability mismatches. In addition to focusing on takeout financing, including through the IDF route, the partnership will also explore new avenues of financing renewable energy projects.

During the last financial year 2018-19, SBI through its specialised Project Finance & Structuring Business Unit have extended financial assistance of about Rs.51,000 cr to 47 infrastructure projects and during current financial year the Bank has a robust pipeline.