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MTN Nigeria Completes Issuance of N110 Billion Series I Fixed Rate Bonds

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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.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Fidelity Bank to Raise U.S$500 Million for General Corporate Purposes

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Fidelity Bank, Nigeria’s leading tier-II bank, is planning to raise US$500,000,000 from the international debt capital market through an unsecured note issuance, the bank disclosed in a statement filed with the Nigerian Exchange Limited on Monday.

According to the bank, the proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes and to support its trade finance business.

The proposed aggregate offer size is US$500 million, due 2026, which will when issued ranked parri passu, without preference among themselves, with all other unsecured and unsubordinated obligations of the Bank. The lender intends to list the Notes on the Irish Stock Exchange, with the expectation that the notes will be traded on its regulated market. The Securities and Exchange Commission has confirmed that it has no objection to the transaction.

“In view of the foregoing, the Bank is pleased to notify the Nigerian Exchange Limited of planned investors meetings with respect to the Transaction scheduled to commence today October 18, 2021.

“The final decision to issue the Notes will however be subject to finalising the necessary transaction documentation and prevailing market conditions,” the bank stated.

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$4 Billion Eurobond to Deepen External Reserves, Build Confidence in Medium-term – Ecobank CEO

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The Cheif Executive Officer and Managing Director of Ecobnak Nigeria, Patrick Akinwuntan, has said the recent $4 billion Eurobond issued by the Federal Government of Nigeria will deepen external reserves and allows more confidence in the medium-term planning in the private sector.

Akinwuntan, who was assessing the global market as Nigeria announced its multibillion dollar Eurobond offering, during an interview on Arise TV in Lagos, said such loans would give a fresh breath to the economy because when the country takes on Euro bond that portion is reduced from its financing or public sector debt.

He advised those approaching the international debt market to have clarity of purpose and state their strengths and weaknesses.

Akinwuntan said the economy is showing strong trends owing to investments in infrastructure such as road and rail transportation, which is giving a lot of positive impact to the economy, adding that the private sector is also making improvements in power sector, telecoms, and information technology.

He said: “In the last two quarters, we have seen the global market rebounding from the very deep end of the COVID-19 that plagued 2020. We have seen, since the arrival of vaccines, the gradual opening of the global economy such that there is much more optimism in the market because we have learnt that shutting down the economy is not the best way to handle an epidemic and we have seen support from sovereigns, ensuring that there is steady growth within the various economies; supply chain has opened and we have seen in sub-Sahara Africa renewed interest in the Eurobond market in the international debt market. We have seen Benin republic, Ghana, Cote d’ivoire and Kenya all are approaching the market with significant success.

“Over subscription in each of them ranges from 200 per cent to 300 per cent and an all-high in Kenya close to 600 per cent or six times over subscription. This is a positive period for major economies like Nigeria, which is the lead economy in Africa, to take advantage and invite the global community to hear our story, invest in us and get good returns.”

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MTN Nigeria to Raise N89.9 Billion Via Bond Issuance

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MTN Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN Nigeria) has announced plancs to raise another N89.999 billion through bond issuance under its N200 billion registered shelf programme.

The telecommunications giant stated in a note to the Nigerian Exchange Limited and investing public.

MTN Nigeria said “an application has been submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the clearance of transaction documents for MTN Nigeria’s proposed bond issuance valued at N89,999,000,000; Series 2 of the N200,000,000,000 registered shelf programme.”

The telecom company had successfully raised N110,001,000,000 through Series 1 bond in the month of May 2021.

However, it said the final decision on the launch of the Series 2 bond will be taken once all regulatory approvals are obtained, and the investing public will be duly notified.

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