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.
The benchmark-sized international debut sukuk received more than USD5bn worth of orders – a similar level of oversubscription to the recent Saudi Aramco jumbo bond, a tremendous start to the Saudi dairy giant’s new USD2bn Islamic finance programme.
The sovereign issuer overcame a highly challenging political landscape, culminating in a political crisis, to secure a significant quantum of international funding to support its ailing economy.
The African nation’s first international bond, a EUR500mn 7-year Eurobond, saw Bénin tap the market on the same day as neighbouring Ghana at a time when global investors, buoyed by the Fed’s dovish mood swing, piled into high yield sovereign debt.
Romania’s Eurobond, the largest ever from the country’s Finance Ministry and first EUR-denominated triple-tranche from a sovereign issuer in 2.5 years, has raised the stakes in the typically quiet CEE debt markets.
Latin American borrowers continue to see strong demand from lenders and investors following a hectic year of elections in many of the region’s largest economies. We speak with Mauricio Voorduin, Managing Director, Latin America Regional Head; David Costa, Managing Director, Head of Latin America Finance; Sara Pirzada, Managing Director, Loan Syndications; and Mark Tuttle, Managing Director, DCM at Mizuho Securities, a regional funding leader, about some of the key trends prevalent in the region’s markets throughout the first quarter of this year, and why it’s never been a better time of borrowers to move into the dollar markets.
First Abu Dhabi Bank marked MENA’s debut public sukuk issuance in 2019 with its USD1bn senior sukuk. Riding on a wave of investor demand, the bank tapped the market twice, securing the largest single public issuance from a conventional bank sukuk in the region.
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12 Jul 2019