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Basel III Capital Regulations - Perpetual Debt Instruments (PDI) in Additional Tier 1 Capital – Eligible Limit for Instruments Denominated in Foreign Currency/Rupee Denominated Bonds Overseas

RBI/2021-22/106
DOR.CAP.REC.No.56/21.06.201/2021-22

October 4, 2021

All Scheduled Commercial Banks (Excluding RRBs)

Dear Sir/ Madam,

Basel III Capital Regulations - Perpetual Debt Instruments (PDI) in Additional Tier 1 Capital – Eligible Limit for Instruments Denominated in Foreign Currency/Rupee Denominated Bonds Overseas

Please refer to paragraph 1.16 of Annex 4 (Criteria for Inclusion of Perpetual Debt Instruments (PDI) in Additional Tier 1 Capital) to the Master Circular Ref DBR.No.BP.BC.1/21.06.201/2015-16 dated July 1, 2015 on ‘Basel III Capital Regulations’ and the circular Ref. DBR.BP.BC.No.28/21.06.001/2016-17 dated November 3, 2016 on Issue of Rupee Denominated Bonds Overseas.

2. Several banks have approached us to clarify the amount of capital funds that can be raised overseas. The issue has been examined and it is clarified that the “eligible amount” for purpose of issue of PDIs in foreign currency as per para 1.16 (ii) of Annex 4 to the Master Circular dated July 1, 2015 referred to above, would mean the higher of:

(a) 1.5% of Risk Weighted Assets (RWAs) and

(b) Total Additional Tier 1 capital

as on March 31 of the previous financial year.

Not more than 49% of the “eligible amount” as above can be issued in foreign currency and/or in rupee denominated bonds overseas.

3. Accordingly, the sub para (ii) of paragraph 1.16 of Annex 4 to the Master Circular dated July 1, 2015 referred to above is amended as indicated in Annex 1 enclosed herewith. An illustration is enclosed in Annex 2 for greater clarity.

4. All the other terms of the Master Circular on Basel III Capital Regulations dated July 1, 2015, referred to above, as amended from time to time, shall remain unchanged. The issuances as above shall be subject to all applicable prudential norms and FEMA guidelines.

Yours faithfully

(Neeraj Nigam)
Chief General Manager-in-Charge


Annex 1

Amendment to sub para (ii) of paragraph 1.16 of Annex 4 to Master Circular DBR.No.BP.BC.1/21.06.201/2015-16 dated July 1, 2015 on ‘Basel III Capital Regulations’

1.16 (ii) Not more than 49% of the eligible amount can be issued in foreign currency* and/or in rupee denominated bonds overseas.

“Eligible amount” in this context shall mean the higher of:

(a) 1.5% of RWA and

(b) Total Additional Tier 1 capital

as on March 31 of the previous financial year.

*Not applicable to foreign banks’ branches


Annex 2

Illustration on the “eligible amount” that can be raised as per Paragraph 1.16 (ii) of Annex 4 to Master Circular DBR.No.BP.BC.1/21.06.201/2015-16 dated July 1, 2015 on ‘Basel III Capital Regulations’

We consider the RWAs of the bank as on March 31 of previous financial year as ₹ 1000 crore.

  Scenario Maximum amount of AT1 bonds that can be raised overseas (in foreign currency and/or in rupee denominated bonds overseas)
Case I The bank had AT1 capital of less than or equal to 1.5% of RWAs as on March 31 of the previous financial year.
Illustratively, the bank did not have any AT1 capital as on March 31 of the previous financial year.
Equals ₹ 7.35 crore (49% of 1.5% of RWAs).
Case II The bank had AT1 capital more than 1.5% of RWAs as on March 31 of previous financial year.
Illustratively, the bank had AT1 capital of ₹ 50 crore as on March 31 of the previous financial year.
Equals 49% of ₹ 50 crore i.e. ₹ 24.5 crore (49% of total AT1 capital as it is more than 1.5% of RWAs).

Note: The amount of AT1 capital recognised for inclusion in Tier 1 capital will be subject to the limits mentioned in para 4.2.2 of the Basel III Master Circular dated July 1, 2015 and para 1.3 of Annex 4 to the Master Circular ibid.


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