The Debt Management Office (DMO) revealed that the $3 billion Eurobond offer was heavily oversubscribed, noting that investors were ready to invest $12.2 billion.
Consequently, the government decided to increase its initial offer value from $3billion to $4billion.
According to a statement on Tuesday night by the Debt Management Office (DMO), investors from, Nigeria, Europe, Asia and America demanded $12.2 billion for the notes.
“This exceptional performance has been described as ‘one of the biggest financial trades to come out of Africa in 2021 and an excellent outcome”, said the DMO in a statement.
“The size of the Order Book and the quality of investors demonstrate confidence in Nigeria”, the DMO said.
Nigeria opened its order book for the bond offering on Tuesday, aiming to issue the bond next week, according to a notice to investors.
The country issued the debt in tranches of three tenors.
It raised $1.25 billion for seven years at a yield of 6.125 percent and sold a 12-year bond at 7.375 percent to fetch $1.5 billion. A 30-year tranche of $1.25 billion was sold at 8.25 percent
The government had arranged a two-day call with investors last week and on Monday, with the DMO saying that the bond would be priced following the meetings.
The notice was set for Sept. 28 for the bond settlement, which will be listed on the London and Nigerian Stock Exchanges.
The Eurobonds are part of a government plan to raise 2.343 trillion naira ($5.71 billion) in external financing to help fund spending in 2021 and to partly finance the 5.6 trillion naira deficit.
“The long tenors of the Eurobonds and the spread across different maturities are well aligned with Nigeria’s Debt Management Strategy, 2020 – 2023”, the DMO said.
“Since the Eurobonds were issued as part of the New External Borrowing in the 2021 Appropriation Act, the raising of USD4 billion through Eurobonds provides a significant amount of funds to finance projects in the Act, thus contributing to the implementation of the 2021 Appropriation Act”, it added.
Nigeria picked JPMorgan, Citigroup, Standard Chartered and Goldman Sachs as international bookrunners, and local firm Chapel Hill Denham on the forthcoming Eurobond issue
Fidelity Bank to Raise U.S$500 Million for General Corporate Purposes
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.
$4 Billion Eurobond to Deepen External Reserves, Build Confidence in Medium-term – Ecobank CEO
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.”
MTN Nigeria to Raise N89.9 Billion Via Bond Issuance
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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