(Bloomberg) -- Banco del Estado de Chile has hired banks to arrange investor calls for the potential sale of Additional Tier 1 dollar bonds, according to people familiar with the matter.

Banco Estado, the South American country’s state-run lender, hired BNP Paribas, HSBC Holdings Plc, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Bank of America Corp, Citigroup Inc, Credit Agricole CIB and Goldman Sachs to arrange a series of virtual investor meetings starting on Tuesday, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because they’re not authorized to speak about it.

A representative for the company didn’t reply to a message seeking comment. 

The inaugural AT1 perpetual notes were rated BBB- by S&P Ratings, the credit assessor said in a note. Moody’s Ratings is expected to give a Baa3 rating, the people said. Fitch Ratings had assigned a national long-term rating of ‘AA(cl)’ to BancoEstado’s first line of perpetual bank bonds for as much as UF25m ($1bn), according to a statement.

Banco Estado follows Chile’s Banco de Credito e Inversiones, which sold $500 million of perpetual notes in the international market in February. 

--With assistance from Michael Gambale.

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