We celebrate the issuance of a unique bond worth $25 million. It is the first of its kind in the country, and quite a few honorable well-wishers joined us on our virtual platform to congratulate us and for paving the way for other corporations.
The bond market is a potential sector for collecting long term finance for entrepreneurs and the alternative source of finance for private sector. The success of PRAN for collecting money through bond is a milestone for bond market and more corporates will be eager to come here to meet its huge financing requirement following PRAN, said the speakers at a program.
PRAN organized the program on Monday afternoon through virtual platform to celebrate the successful issue of first BDT Bond with international guarantee in Bangladesh for PRAN Agro Limited (PAL). Recently PAL, a sister concern of PRAN Group, has successfully achieved financial close of a landmark BDT 2,100 million (circa. US$ 25 million) non-convertible, redeemable bond. It is the first such bond guaranteed by GuarantCo or other international DFIs, the first to be subscribed by an international insurance company and the country’s first directly issued digitized bond under Private Placement of Debt Securities Rules.
Addressing the program, Salman F Rahman, Private Industry and Investment Advisor to Prime Minister said that bond market is a vibrant sector and alternative source for collecting long term finance for entrepreneurs along with Bank. If more international guarantors come in the market, it will be strong and others company will willing to come. Thanks to PRAN because it’s bring new era of alternative source of finance. Robert Chatterton Dickson, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh said, “UK is the long term development partner for Bangladesh. The development of capital market is very important for economic development. Our investors will come to invest here if the market become grow.”
Md. Sirazul Islam, Executive Chairman at Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) said, that the initiative of PRAN Agro is an inspiration for others company. It will motivate other business for collecting long term finance. BIDA is working to ease the doing business in the country. Professor Shibli Rubayat-Ul-Islam, Chairman at Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) said, “I am happy to give the approval of the bond. I hope, others company will follow PRAN. We have introduced various bond and trying to promote it. He urge to Gurantco to invest more in the country’s bond market.”
Ahsan Khan Chowdhury, Chairman and CEO at PRAN-RFL Group said, “Bond market is yet to develop completely in Bangladesh. But BSEC is doing best for it. We hope, it will develop and entrepreneurs will come to meet its huge financing requirement.” Ahmed Jamal, Deputy Governor at Bangladesh Bank, Emily Bushby, Interim CEO at GuarantCo, Nishant Kumar, MD of Asia, Ala Ahmed, General Manager at Metlife Bangladesh were also present at the program. Uzma Chowdhury, Director (Corporate Finance) moderated the program.