Public Issue of ICICI Safety Bonds - February 2002

February 04, 2002




Under the Umbrella Prospectus approved by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for the year 2001-2002, ICICI is making the eight public offering of Unsecured Redeemable Bonds in the nature of Debentures aggregating Rs. 600 crore with a right to retain oversubscription of up to Rs. 600 crore ("ICICI Safety Bonds -February 2002"). The issue will open for subscription on February 8, 2002 and will close on March 4, 2002.


Two premier credit rating agencies have assigned AAA ratings for the bonds: - "LAAA" by ICRA and "CARE AAA" by CARE. The ratings signify highest safety with regard to timely payment of principal and interest.

 

The Issue offers various options under six types of bonds - Tax Saving Bond, Encash Bond, Monthly Income Bond, Regular Income Bond, Money Multiplier Bond and Children Growth Bond.

 

NRIs/OCBs are also eligible to invest in these bonds (except for Encash Bonds) on both repatriable and non-repatriable basis.

 

1. Tax Saving Bond

The investor may choose any of the following options in respect of the Tax Saving Bond:

 IIIIIIIV
Tax Benefit Available Sec 88 Sec 88 Sec 88 Sec 88
Issue Price(Rs.) 5000/- 5000/- 5000/- 5000/-
Tenure 3 years 6 years 3 years 4 months 6 years 6 months
TFace Value 5000/- 5000/- 6660/- 8950/-
Interest Rate (%) p.a.* 9.00 9.25 9.0 YTM (Deep Discount Bond) 9.4 YTM (Deep Discount Bond)
Frequency of interest payment Annual Annual N.A. N.A.
YTM (%)*# $ (with tax benefits) 18.5 14.6 16.7 13.3

 

 * Subject to TDS as per the then prevailing tax laws
# Rounded off to the nearest multiple of 0.1
$ It has been assumed that a surcharge of 2% of tax is payable in case of all the options.

 

Options I & II provides for annual payment of interest. Options III & IV are in the nature of a deep discount bond. Hence, no periodic interest is payable under these options.

 

Full and firm allotment is assured for all valid applications for the Tax Saving Bond.

As per the Finance Act 2001, the maximum limit for taking benefit of the rebate under Section 88 of the Income Tax Act is fixed at Rs. 80,000/-. Out of this, Rs. 20,000/- can be invested only in such eligible issue of capital, the proceeds of which are to be utilised in infrastructure projects.

 

Tax Saving Bonds offered by ICICI is one such eligible investment for this purpose.

 

This means that out of the overall limit of Rs. 80,000/-, Rs. 20,000/- can be invested only in such issues. Further to the Rs. 20,000/- one can also invest the balance Rs. 60,000/- in these Bonds to avail the benefit under Section 88. Thus it may be noted that the investors may put the entire amount of Rs. 80,000/- in these bonds for taking benefit of rebate under section 88.

 

Option IV of the Tax Saving Bond is designed to serve the dual purpose of tax benefit as well as Investment. The tenure of the bond is 6 years 6 months, and offers a good yield of 9.4% without tax rebate. Also, since the same is in the nature of a deep discount bond, the tax payment on interest income (i.e. the difference between Face Value and Issue Price) is deferred up to the 7th year. Thus, the investor not only enjoys a tax rebate on his investment, but also earns a fairly good return with postponement of tax payments.

 

2. Encash Bond

In today's investment scenario, when investors have been affected by uncertain and/or low returns from stock markets, mutual funds and Bank Fixed Deposits, Encash Bonds provide an excellent investment opportunity to the investors, i.e. good returns coupled with liquidity. In addition to regular interest payment, a premature withdrawal option is given to the investors to facilitate withdrawal of their money anytime after a period of one year without any penalty. Such encashment can be done across the counter at any of the specified branches of ICICI Bank.

Issue Price                : Rs. 5,000/-

 
Tenure                      : 5 years, with an option to all bondholders for early encashment anytime after the completion of one year from the Deemed Date of Allotment. Early encashment facility to be available at specified ICICI Bank branches or at ICICI Infotech Services Ltd. at its Mumbai office.


Minimum Application   : 1 Bond

Status                       : Senior Debt

Interest Payment       : Interest will be paid Annually at the following rates:

 

Year1st2nd3rd4th5th
Applicable rate of interest for respective year *(%) p.a.td> 8.75 9.00 9.25 9.50 10.00
YTM (%) annualized *# @ 8.8 8.9 9.0 9.1 9.2

* Subject to TDS as per the then prevailing tax laws
# Rounded off to the nearest multiple of 0.1
@ The yield to the investor if he opts for encashment at the end of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th year


3. REGULAR INCOME BOND

This Bond has been designed keeping in view the need for a monthly income to meet expenses that are incurred on a monthly basis - for example, household expenses.

Issue Price(Rs.) 5000/-
Tenure 7 years
Face Value 5000/-
Interest Rate (%) p.a.* td> 9.00
Frequency of interest payment Monthly
YTM(%) annualized *# 9.4

* Subject to TDS as per the then prevailing tax laws.
# Rounded off to nearest multiple of 0.1

4. MONEY MULTIPLIER BOND (in the nature of Deep Discount Bond)

The investor may choose any of the following options in respect of the payment of interest:

 

 IIIIII
Issue Price(Rs.) 5000/- 5000/- 5000/-
Tenure 7 years 7 years 5 years 4 months
Face Value 5000/- 5000/- 5000/-
Interest Rate (%) p.a.* 9.25 9.50 9.25
Frequency of interest payment Semi-Annual Annual Annual
YTM(%) annualized *# 9.5 9.5 9.3

* Subject to TDS as per the then prevailing tax rates
# Rounded off to nearest multiple of 0.1

Under the Regular Income Bond, an investor can invest for 7 years and earn regular income on a semi-annual or annual basis. Option III offers a five-year Regular Income Bond with an interest rate of 9.25% p.a., payable annually.

 

5. MONEY MULTIPLIER BOND (in the nature of Deep Discount Bond)

This Bond has been launched to cater to the needs of various investors who would want to save today to meet the cash flow requirements in the near future for events such as purchase of house, car, etc.

Issue Price(Rs.) 5000/-
Tenure 7 years 6 months
TFace Value 10000/-
YTM(%) annualized*# 9.7

 * Subject to TDS as per the then prevailing tax laws.
# Rounded off to nearest multiple of 0.1

The savings under this bond doubles in 7 years 6 months.

 

6.CHILDREN GROWTH BOND

This Bond has been designed to provide for the requirements of any lumpsum amounts, once the child has grown up. Parents may judiciously invest in these Bonds for events such as wedding, higher education and other needs of their children. Under option I, the investment grows to 5 times and under option II the investment grows to 8 times.

There is no Gift Tax or Wealth Tax on these Bonds, so one can gift these Bonds to near and dear ones. The investor may choose any of the following options in respect of the Children Growth Bond:

 

 III
Issue Price(Rs.) 5000/- 5000/-
Tenure 16 years 7 months 21 years
TFace Value(Rs.) 25000/- 40000/-
YTM(%) annualized *# 10.2 10.4

 

* Subject to TDS as per the then prevailing tax laws.
# Rounded off to nearest multiple of 0.1

As per the current tax laws, the difference between the Face value and Issue price of the Money Multiplier Bond/Children Growth Bond would be taxed as interest income in the year of maturity at the then prevailing tax rates. Hence, neither would there be any TDS nor would the investor require to pay any tax during the tenure of the bond as interest does not accrue during this period. This compares favourably with investments offering cumulative interest option in case of investors who have exhausted their 80L limit and who fall in the highest income-tax bracket.

 

Moreover, in case of an investment made in the Children Growth Bond in the name of a minor child, the Bond would mature after the child grows and attains majority, and therefore, on redemption the interest on these Bonds will be virtually tax free in the beneficiary's hands, assuming that he has no other income.

 

Money Multiplier Bond/ Children Growth Bond is a very effective tax deferment tool. In an investment offering cumulative interest option, tax is required to be paid every year on the amount of interest accrued whereas in case of Money Multiplier Bond/ Children Growth Bond, tax has to be paid only at the end of the tenure of the bond. This amount of tax deferred every year remains invested in the Bond, thereby increasing the effective yield of the investor. Further, if these Bonds are sold prior to maturity, capital gains earned would be taxed at a lower tax rate.

 

All the Bonds (except Encash Bonds) are available in Demat mode too.
For the investors who are investing for long term, holding the investment has been made more convenient as the same can now be held in dematerialized mode. All the Bonds will be listed on BSE and NSE, and are freely transferable before maturity.

 

The ICICI Safety Bonds - February 2002 issue provides the investors another opportunity to save at market interest rates and offers various redemption periods and options to choose from. The investor can opt for regular monthly income or invest for 21 years with no intermediate coupon payments or invest in the Tax Saving Bond to help him plan his taxes.

 

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