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African Development Bank Launches AUD$600 Million (USD$463.9 million) Kangaroo Social Bond

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The African Development Bank launched a A$600 million (US$463.9 million) 5.5-year Kangaroo bond, marking its return to the Australian dollar bond market.

The transaction, announced on 8 June, was led by Nomura and RBC Capital Markets. It is the institution’s first benchmark Kangaroo since early 2018 and its first in the mid-curve since 2015. It is also the largest AUD trade ever issued by the Bank. More than 30 investors participated in the deal, with a total order book of more than A$775 million, leading to an upsize of the trade from the announced size of A$250-300 million to the final size of A$600 million. These included a strong cohort of Australian investors, while fund managers were the major investor type.

African Development Bank Treasurer Hassatou N’sele said the Covid-19 pandemic had led to a rise in global issuances of social bonds.

“Following on from the ground breaking USD$3.1 bln 3 year ‘Fight Covid-19’ Social Bond we issued in 2020, we’re glad to see that public domestic markets, like the Kangaroo bond market, are now seeing similar development in terms of interest from dedicated ESG investors, which provided additional momentum enabling us to print the largest trade we’ve ever done in AUD”.

The African Development Bank’s social bonds have use of proceeds allocated to projects that alleviate or mitigate social issues such as improving access to electricity, water and sanitation, and improving livelihoods through flood-risk reduction and access to clean transportation and employment generation.

Recent KangaNews data show that the African Development Bank had A$1.75 billion of bonds mature between its 2015 benchmark deal and its most recent. Keith Werner, Manager of Capital Markets and Financial Operations, said 38 per cent of investors in the deal had a socially responsible investment approach and that the African Development Bank intends to issue more social bonds in Australian dollars.

“In addition to the important contribution that socially responsible investors had to the success of this trade, it’s also gratifying to see such a large portion of the investors (41%) were domestic, which is an area where we haven’t seen strong support historically. We look forward to leveraging this momentum and continue evaluating opportunities in the future in this market”, Werner said.

The Australian dollar is the fifth currency in which the African Development Bank has issued social bonds since it established the program in 2017, following deals in euros, US dollars, Norwegian kroner and Swedish kronor.

In December 2016, the African Development Bank launched its inaugural Kangaroo Green Bond. This transaction followed successful outings in USD and SEK Benchmark formats.

A Kangaroo bond is a foreign bond issued in the Australian market by non-Australian firms and is denominated in Australian currency. The bond is subject to the securities regulations of Australia. A Kangaroo bond is also known as a “matilda bond.”

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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C&I Leasing Plc Lists N10 Billion Senior Secured Fixed Rate Bonds on Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX)

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C&I Leasing Plc has listed N10 billion 7 years 15.5 percent Senior Secured Fixed Rate Bonds due 2028 on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX).

The bonds issued under the company’s N20 billion bond issuance programme has series number two (2) and 10,000,000 at N1,000 par value.

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Issuer – C & I Leasing Plc
Security Name – 15.5% CIL JUN 2028
Symbol Code – CIL2028S2
ISIN Code – NGCIL2028S16
Bond Description – 7 Year 15.5% Senior Secured Fixed Rate Bonds Due 2028
Program Amount – N20,000,000,000
Series Number – Two (2)
Volume – 10,000,000
Par value – N1,000
Series Amount – N10,000,000,000
Price – 100% at par
Coupon – 15.5%
Issue Date – 3 June 2021
Maturity Date – 3 June 2028
Tenor – 7 years
Coupon Commencement Date – Coupon shall accrue from the Issue date

Coupon Basis – Fixed rate
Book Building Opened – 21 April 2021
Book Building Closed – 17 May 2021
Stockbrokers  are Apel Asset Limited, Bestworth Assets & Trust Limited and Cordros Securities Limited.

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Coronation Merchant Bank Listed N25 Billion Bond on Nigerian Exchange Limited

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Coronation Merchant Bank Funding SPV Plc has listed its Twenty-Five Billion Naira (N25Bn) Bond on Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited on Wednesday, 30 June 2021.

The 5-year 6.25% Series one (1) Fixed Rate Subordinated Unsecured Bonds due 2025 is under Coronation Mb Funding SPV Plc’s One Hundred Billion Naira (N100Bn) bond issuance program.

With this issuance, we have supported Federal Government and corporates to raise over N4.7Trillion from the capital market via the fixed income segment in the first half of 2021.

At NGX, we are committed to providing issuers with a platform that allows them to raise capital to meet strategic business objectives even in the most difficult times. “It is the Exchange’s delight to see issuers take full advantage of our products and services to support their growth story,” Divisional Head, Listings Business, NGX, Mr. Olumide Bolumole stated.

Some of the issuers that have listed on NGX in first half of 2021 include; NOVAMBL Investments SPV Plc, Federal Government of Nigeria, Mecure Industries Funding SPV Plc, CardinalStone Financing SPV Plc, Fidelity Bank Plc, FBNQuest Merchant Bank SPV Funding Plc, BUA Cement Plc, Etranzact International Plc, Kogi State Government, TSL SPV Plc, Lagos State Government and Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc.

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FG To Auction Three Bonds Worth 50B Each This Week

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The Debt Management Office has said that the Nigerian government will offer N150 billion bonds for subscription in June.

The bonds comprised three bonds worth N50bn each, a circular said Friday.

The DMO said the bonds will be auctioned on June 23 and all three have the same date for settlement.

The bonds are a 10-year re-opening bond to be offered at the rate of 16.2884 percent and to mature in March 2027; a 15- year re-opening bond to be offered at 12.5 percent with the maturity date of March 2035; and a 30-year re-opening bond to be offered at 12.98 percent and mature in March 2050.

FGN Bonds are “backed by the full faith and credit of the Federal Government of Nigeria”, the DMO said, adding that they are equally charged upon the general assets of Nigeria.

The debt office explained further that FGN bonds qualified as liquid assets for liquidity ratio calculation for banks.

For re-openings of previously issued bonds where the coupon is already set, the circular said successful bidders would pay a price corresponding to the yield to maturity bid that cleared the volume being auctioned, plus any accrued interests on the instrument.

Last month, the DMO offered similar bonds of N150bn bonds for a subscription which comprised three bonds worth N50bn each.

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