AI may tie up with SBI, Citibank to raise funds
National carrier Air India is likely to tie up with Citibank and public sector lender State Bank of India to raise $300 million from overseas market via External Commercial Borrowing (ECB) route, sources said. Air India is mopping up these funds from the foreign market to meet its working capital requirements. ECB is a fund raising instrument which allows firms to access overseas money.
"Air India has received proposal from several interested banks and financial institutions. We are evaluating them but at this stage offer from Citibank-SBI looks quite attractive and we may tie-up with them," sources said here. The sources said that Citibank and SBI had jointly participated in Air India's invitation for offer to raise up to $300 million through the ECB window last month. The last date for submission for offer, which was initially April 27, has been extended to May 4. "Once the proposal is finalised, we will sign a term-sheet, which would allow us avail the funds immediately," they said. Air India had on April 9 floated international tenders for raising up to $300 million through ECB window.