IFC raises N$180m bond in Namibia

The International Finance Corporation continues its programme of helping develop African debt markets by launching the first bond by a non-resident issuer in Namibia. It raised NAD 180 million (about $12m) which it will use for private sector development.

Ethiopia to ring in new year with Eurobond

Ethiopia’s Finance Minister is meeting international banks Barclays, Citi and BNP Paribas about a planned Eurobond issue for late December 2014 or January 2015. The amount is unknown, the duration is likely to be “at least 10 years”.

New laws pave route to Angolan securities exchange

Laws have been approved in Angola to regulate the future securities exchange for equity and debt. The Capital Markets Commission (CMC) says that it plans to open a secondary debt market next year and this will pave the way for a securities exchange in 2016.

Thur 27 June: African Debt Capital Markets Summit 2013

This Thursday is the African Debt Capital Markets Summit 2013, at Bloomberg in London, organized by IC Publications. The conference brings top international speakers including a minister and a central bank governor on topics such as developing and deepening Africa’s debt markets and institutional changes needed.

IFC to issue $50m (NGN8 billion) Naija bond in Nigeria

The International Finance Corporation plans to issue a $50 million (NGN 8 billion) local-currency “Naija” bond in Nigeria to support the domestic capital markets and increase access to local-currency finance. IFC bonds are rated triple-A by Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s.

Strong demand for Tanzania T-Bills

Demand was strong for most Treasury bills in Tanzania at the last auction on 21 November, the average yield-to-maturity was 13.43% (up from 13.18% at the previous auction) on the 364-days bills, 12.86% on the 182-days paper, 11.76% on 91-days and 7.25% on 35 days.

Zambia’s debut $750m Eurobond puts focus on Africa

Zambia went to the global market yesterday (13 September) with its first eurobond, a USD750 million 10-year bond priced at a 5.625%. It will be used to fund its budget and invest in infrastructure and the issue highlights “great appetite” for African credit.

BaDEx getting ready to launch as Zambia’s second securities exchange

A new securities exchange in Lusaka, BaDEx (Bonds and Derivatives Exchange Zambia) is installing tried-and-tested bond and derivative trading software from South Africa’s STT Software, which supplies the JSE, and says it will be ready to launch operations next month, May 2012. BaDEx trading platforms will include spot and derivative trading in bonds, currency, commodities (such as derivatives on metals and silo certificates on the spot market) and a variety of other derivatives including agricultural commodities, precious metals, equity and energy.

Tunisia Stock Exchange positive on economic prospects

Share prices on the Tunisian Stock Exchange have been moving ahead all November, starting with a positive reaction to the meeting between Rachid Ghannouchi, leader of the Islamist Ennahda party and stock market executives only days after the election and moving forward as the politics progressed well.

More appetite for African bonds in 2012

2012 could be an active year for African bonds and particularly eurobonds, judging by the 5.5 times oversubscription for the Namibia’s debut $500 million, 10-year Eurobond. However, timing and terms of issues will be crucial in the turbulent markets.

Namibia’s first US$500m Eurobond

The Namibian government issued a debut US$500 million, 10-year Eurobond on 27 October and got a price of 5.75%, taking advantage of a lull in the capital markets turmoil.