BUA Cement Plc listed its N115billion 7-Year Series 1 Fixed Rate Senior Unsecured Bond on Nigerian Exchange, making it the first listing in the NGX era. The listing was commemorated with a digital Closing Gong Ceremony featuring the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), BUA Cement Plc, Engr. Yusuf Haliru Binji on Tuesday, 13 April 2021.
Speaking during the ceremony, the Divisional Head, Listings Business, NGX Limited, Mr. Olumide Bolumole stated, “In line with its commitment to support Nigeria’s economic growth by providing a liquid, efficient, and multi-asset securities exchange hub, NGX Limited continues to provide a platform that offers investors varied options including Equity, Fixed Income, Exchanged Traded Products (ETPs) and other Funds. We are, therefore, excited about BUA Cement’s debut bond offering which was oversubscribed by 37% to the tune of N137.82 Billion and represents the largest amount raised by a corporate issuer in the history of Nigeria’s Debt Capital Market. Without a doubt, this is a testament to the high level of confidence placed on this reputable brand by its investors and the entire market.”
On his part, the CEO, BUA Cement Plc, Engr. Binji commented, “I would like to thank the management of NGX Limited for the invitation to bring trading activities to a close. Today marks another key milestone on our journey to becoming the preferred cement manufacturer in Africa. As part of our growth strategy, we took the deliberate decision to access the debt capital market with the intent to raise N100 Billion in the first tranche of our N200 Billion programme. Given the overwhelming response and in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s guidelines, we accepted N115 Billion as the total subscription amount. For us this was clear assessment of our viable business model, strong financial performance, and the strength of our product offerings.”
Speaking on behalf of the parties to the transaction, the Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Capital, Mr. Funso Akere stated, “We are, extremely delighted to have advised BUA Cement Plc on this landmark transaction where they took advantage of very supportive conditions in the debt capital market to raise long term funding. On behalf of Stanbic IBTC Capital Limited, Tiddo Securities and Union Capital, we would like to thank BUA Cement for giving us a freehand to guide them and the commitment showed to make the transaction a phenomenal success. We would also like to thank NGX for giving us a platform to list the bonds.”
NGX has reiterated its commitment to providing issuers with a platform that allows them to continue to raise capital even in the toughest of times whilst also facilitating secondary market trading activities.
It would be recalled that The Nigerian Stock Exchange recently completed its demutualisation which led to the creation of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (‘NGX Group’), as the non-operating holding company with three operating subsidiaries, namely: Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), the operating exchange; NGX Regulation Limited (NGX RegCo), the independent regulatory arm of the Exchange; and NGX Real Estate Limited (NGX RelCo), the real estate company.
MTN Nigeria Completes Issuance of N110 Billion Series I Fixed Rate Bonds
MTN Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN Nigeria) has completed the issuance of N110,001,000,000 Series I 7-Year 13.0 percent Fixed Rate Bonds due 2028 (Series I Bond) under the N200,000,000,000 Bond Issuance Programme.
MTN Nigeria had initially indicated the intention to raise N100 billion in Series I of the registered Shelf Programme.
The Series I Bond is the largest corporate bond issuance in the debt capital markets thus far in 2021 and MTN Nigeria’s debut in the domestic bond market, the Company having established a strong presence in Commercial Paper issuances.
The Book Build process in respect of the transaction launched on 9 April 2021 and was completed on 16 April 2021. The transaction was well received with active participation from a wide range of high value and quality investors including pension funds, fund managers, banks, insurance companies, trustees, corporates, and high net worth individuals. The total value of orders received during the Book Build was N132,151,000,000, representing a 1.32 times oversubscription of the intended N100,000,000,000 issuance. The issue was launched at a clearing coupon of 13.0 percent with N110,001,000,000 in qualified bids.
The Series I Bond Issuance further reinforces MTN Nigeria’s strategy of diversifying its funding sources and reflects its market leadership and strong credit quality, as well as the resilience of the domestic debt capital market. The net proceeds will partly be used to refinance existing debt and support the rollout of critical network infrastructure.
Commenting on the bond issuance, Karl Toriola, Chief Executive Officer of MTN Nigeria, said “We are very proud of this landmark transaction, which is the first-ever telco bond issued in Nigeria and the largest corporate bond issuance this year. The domestic debt capital market has given us the opportunity to further diversify our funding sources and extend the maturity of our debt portfolio and profile to match investment in infrastructure. The strong support for this transaction, given the challenging environment, is a reflection of the depth of the market, and investor confidence in MTN Nigeria’s long-term strategy, our management team, and the overall telecoms industry”.
Chapel Hill Denham Advisory Limited acted as the Lead Issuing House while Stanbic IBTC Capital, DLM Advisory, FCMB Capital Markets, FBNQuest Merchant Bank, Rand Merchant Bank, and Vetiva Capital Management acted as Join Issuing Houses.
Fidelity Bank Lists N41.213 Billion Unsecured Subordinated Bonds on NGX
Fidelity Bank Plc on Tuesday announced it has listed N41,213,000,000 10 year 8.5 percent subordinated unsecured fixed-rate series 1 bonds due 2031, issued on January 7th, 2021 on the Daily Official List of the Nigerian Group Exchange.
The bonds were issued under Fidelity Bank’s N100,000,000,000 Debt Issuance Programme.
The announcement was made in a statement signed by Ezinwa Unuigboje, Company Secretary, Fidelity Bank Plc.
MTN Nigeria Receives Approval to Raise Another Fund Via a Bond Issuance Programme
MTN Nigeria said it has received approval from the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to raise fund following the successful completion of its Series III and Series IV Commercial Papers of N73,508,254,000.
The telecoms giant said the company will issue a Series I, 7-Year Fixed Rate Bond under a debut N200 billion Bond Issuance Programme (“Bond Issuance Programme”).
It added that the Bond Issuance Programme further reinforces the Company’s strategy of diversifying its funding sources. A final decision on the launch of the Series I Bond will be taken imminently, subject to prevailing market conditions.
The telecommunications company raised a combined N73.508 billion in March to finance working capital and general corporate purposes.
“The CP Issuances were undertaken in line with the Company’s strategy to diversify its financing sources. In November 2020, MTN Nigeria obtained the approval of Financial Markets Dealers Quotations (FMDQ) Securities Exchange Plc to increase the Company’s CP programme from N100,000,000,000 to N200,000,000,000; following the very successful inaugura Series I and Series II CP Issuances in June 2020. The Company confirms that the Series I and Series II CP Issuances – of an aggregate value of N100,000,000,000 – have been redeemed,” MTN Nigeria stated in a statement signed by Uto Ukpanah, Company Secretary, MTN Nigeria.
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