Commercial Paper

  • What is Commercial Paper (CP)? And when & why it was introduced?
    Commercial Paper (CP) is an unsecured money market instrument issued in the form of a promissory note.
  • When was it introduced?
    It was introduced in India in 1990.
  • When was it introduced?
    It was introduced in India in 1990 with a view to enabling highly rated corporate borrowers to diversify their sources of short-term borrowings and to provide an additional instrument to investors. Subsequently, primary dealers and all-India financial institutions were also permitted to issue CP to enable them to meet their short-term funding requirements for their operations.
  • Who can issue CP?
    Corporates, primary dealers (PDs) and the All-India Financial Institutions (FIs) are eligible to issue CP.
  • Whether all the corporates would automatically be eligible to issue CP?
    No. A corporate would be eligible to issue CP provided –
    • the tangible net worth of the company, as per the latest audited balance sheet, is not less than Rs. 4 crores.
    • company has been sanctioned working capital limit by bank/s or all-India financial institution/s; and
    • the borrowal account of the company is classified as a Standard Asset by the financing bank/s/ institution/s.