The debt of Jaguar-owner and mining giant Resources Ltd. suffered their biggest drop on record last week, among a handful of Indian companies whose bonds plummeted as the rupee sank to a record low.
In addition to those two dollar notes maturing in 2024,
Energy’s foreign currency bond tumbled the most since March while GMR Hyderabad 2026 debt also slid, Bloomberg-compiled data show.
Those drops coincide with the rupee touching its lowest against the dollar, making it more expensive for the Indian companies already facing the challenge of higher interest rates to service existing foreign debt or sell new bonds in another currency.
Higher US borrowing costs are dampening credit market across the region, with the Bloomberg index of investment-grade dollar bonds for Asia excluding Japan losing more than 10% so far this year.
“India bonds are declining in line with other Asian markets as market sentiment in general is weak,” said Eric Liu, credit desk analyst in Hong Kong at Nomura Holdings Inc. “A weak rupee is also one of the factors driving the fall in the nation’s credit.”
Offshore borrowing is restricted in India due to central bank rules designed to limit hot money flows. Issuers from the country accounted for just a fraction of the dollar bond deals in Asia this year.