Returning to the international market after a 16-year hiatus, the Russian steelmaker issued a USD500mn benchmark dollar Eurobond at just 4.375% coupon – the lowest for any of the region’s corporates in 1.5 years.
Omega Geração S.A., one of Brazil’s top renewables players, debuted in the local debenture markets earlier this year with a carefully tailored four-part transaction that could serve as a template for corporates looking to finance infrastructure by tapping the country’s diverse liquidity pools.
Russia raised USD2.5bn in a dollar-denominated Eurobond sale in June, with USD1.5bn notes maturing in 2029 at a yield of 3.95%, and another USD1bn in notes maturing in 2035 at a yield of 4.3% - despite the ever-impending threat of sanctions.
After becoming the first Belarusian corporate to enter the Eurobond market two years ago, Eurotorg is now breaking new ground with its RUB5bn Russian issuance. Receiving healthy demand from investors – both domestically and internationally – the issuance is indicative of a flexible and increasingly diverse financing strategy.
Fibra UNO, the first and largest real estate investment trust (REIT) in Mexico, was able to upsize its dual-tranche USD1bn bond with an innovative “long-distance” roadshow that saw over 4x oversubscription from a variety of international investors.
UAE-based lifestyle conglomerate Majid Al Futtaim broke new ground earlier this year when the company placed the world’s first benchmark-sized corporate green sukuk. Bonds & Loans spoke with John Arentz, Head of Treasury at Majid Al Futtaim, about the company’s green capital markets debut, the strategy underpinning the transaction, and why – green bond or not – treasurers need to bolster their ESG credentials in the face of a fast-changing investment landscape.
The UAE-based aluminium giant timed its return to the loan market perfectly with a jumbo deal that attracted participation of 25 financial institutions and was arranged in less than three months.
While borrowers in Brazil were confronted with anaemic growth and a lack of political direction through much of last year, many still pursued innovative new funding strategies that took them into the domestic and international credit markets. We take a closer look at some of the transactions originating from the region that won top prize at this year’s Bonds & Loans Latin America Awards.
Not only was the transaction a major step forward for private sector participation in Armenia’s energy sector, but the deal marked the first greenfield energy project financing in the country. With the involvement of four multilateral development institutions and a number of investors via the IFC’s innovative Managed Co-Lending Portfolio Programme (MCPP), the total financing cost amounted to USD163mn.
Ghana Cocoa Board (Cocobod), which oversees the production, processing and marketing of cocoa, shea nut and coffee from the world’s second largest producer, regularly turns to international markets to satiate its funding requirements. However, Cocobod’s recent USD300mn syndicated loan marks a milestone in the African corporate market due to its innovative sustainability-linked features.
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- CASE STUDY: Sri Lanka USD2.4bn Bond Hits Near-Perfect Distribution Despite Downgrade
- CASE STUDY: Bénin Debuts Benchmark Eurobond amid Renewed Hunt for Yield
- CASE STUDY: Investors Sink Their Teeth into Triple-Tranche EUR3bn Romania Sovereign Bond
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