RBI extends special forex window for banks

After getting a good response to the double forex swap windows – aimed to shore up forex buffer and prop up the rupee – the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has allowed banks to utilise the special window till December 31 to borrow forex against their core capital, but with riders.

The other swap window was to draw in NRI funds through the FCNR-B deposit route.

Under the facility, banks were permitted to borrow from international banks/multilateral agencies up to 100 per cent of their core capital and swap the amount with the Reserve Bank at a concessional rate of 3.5 per cent.

However, it is not known how many banks have availed of this facility so far, barring a few like YES Bank, which said it raised $255 million early October.

“It has been decided that if any bank is being sanctioned any loan from any international/multilateral financial institutions and is receiving a firm commitment in this regard on or before November 30, it will be allowed to enter into a forward-forward swap under the first leg of which the bank will sell forward the contracted amount of forex corresponding to the loan amount for delivery up to December 31,” RBI said in a statement on Friday.

However, the regulator clarified that the window will remain open till December 31 only to those banks which are negotiating loans or are close to closing the deal.

“If the bank is not in a position to deliver the contracted forex amount on the contracted date, it will have to pay the difference between concessional swap rate contracted and the market swap rate plus 100 basis points,” RBI said.

“It is reiterated that the above relaxation is available only for the contracts entered into up to November 30, and not thereafter and that all the other terms and conditions for the swap will remain unchanged as notified earlier,” the RBI said.

Both the windows till Wednesday had netted in $22.5 billion and are to be tapered off on November 30.

[“source -searchengineland”]

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