United Bank for Africa says it has successfully raised 500 million dollars though a Debut Euro Bond, which was oversubscribed by 240 percent.
The bond which is rated ”B” with a stable outlook by both Fitch and S&P rating agencies will mature in June 2022 with a coupon rate of 7.75 percent, priced at an effective yield of 7.87 percent.
This pricing was seen by the global investor community as the best possible pricing for a debut issue from a Nigerian-based financial institution in the international market.
Speaking on the Eurobond, the Group Managing Director/CEO of UBA, Mr Kennedy Uzoka, said the successful dollar-denominated offering further illustrates global investor confidence in the strong fundamentals of the company.
The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has written to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, seeking approval for the issuance of 500 million dollars Eurobond to fund the 2016 budget.
According to the letter which was read by the Speaker during plenary, the executive plans to issue the Eurobond in the international capital market between February and March 2017, in order to meet Government approved capital expenditure funding plan.
Meanwhile, the 2017 budget tagged ‘Budget of Recovery and Growth’, is expected to help Nigeria come out of recession, even though many have questioned the capabilities of the document to do just that.
On January 28, the Senate had adjourned plenary till February 24, 2017, to allow different committees work on the details of the 2017 budget as presented by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016.
Ivory Coast will receive more than 2.15 trillion CFA francs in debt reduction after meeting conditions under the IMF-World Bank Heavily Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) scheme, both institutions said in a statement on Tuesday.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank said their boards had approved a reduction of $3.1 billion in debt owed by Ivory Coast, which represents a 24 percent reduction of the west African nation’s external debt.
The statement from the institutions added that the world’s top cocoa-producing nation would get a further $1.3 billion under an initiative of multilateral debt relief.
“The boards of both institutions have established that the country has made ??good progress regarding the requirements for reaching the completion point under the HIPC Initiative,” IMF and World Bank said in a joint statement.
IMF and the World Bank said reforms in post-conflict Ivory Coast including in the cocoa sector, poverty reduction scheme and a stable macroeconomic policy, had enabled the country to meet requirements for the funds.
Completing the reform will also enable Ivory Coast to resume paying coupons on its defaulted Eurobond.
The 2017 $2.3 billion ,went into default during a four-month civil war following a disputed presidential election in late 2010.
The country has since missed payments on three coupons in 2010 and 2011. It is scheduled to pay its next coupon on June 30 and has pledged to make a good-faith payment on arrears on July 2.
“Reaching the completion point will also help Ivory Coast normalise relations with its external creditors. Although this will increase debt service payable in the medium term, it will also help catalyze further support from donors and potential investors,” Doris Ross, IMF mission chief for Ivory Coast said in the statement.