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11 Dec 2017   Africa

How African Microfinance Lenders Can Gain Access to Capital Markets

Microfinancing institutions (MFIs) have for years played a key part in driving growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. As investment needs and businesses grow, finding and establishing new channels of funding is becoming a top priority for MFIs – and the debt capital markets could be the answer.

Can South Africa Get its Fiscal Groove Back?

With real GDP growth at near zero and fiscal projects trending downward, it’s unsurprising Standard & Poor’s didn’t wait for the ANC leadership contest in late 2017, or the next budget release, to cut the country’s credit rating to junk. The real question now is: how quickly can the country reverse course?

Africa Credit Markets Brief: 01 November – 15 November

AfDB issued a USD2bn bond –Afreximbank to mobilise USD100bn to finance new trade deals – First Rand Bank secures dual-tranche syndicated loan – Nigeria to seek USD5.5bn in foreign borrowing – Namibia to boost public spending – DRC fails to account funds from Chinese loan – Chad and Glencore to talk debt restructuring – Army detains Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe

CASE STUDY: Cape Town Wins Race to Issue Africa’s First Municipal Green Bond

The City of Cape Town successfully placed ZAR1bn in new green bonds this Summer to fund a raft of sustainability initiatives in the city, proving once again that cities are a natural fit for sustainable finance instruments.

Africa Credit Markets Brief: 18 October – 01 November

BADEA to support economic development in the continent – SA budget deficit rose 4.3% – AfDB suspended a loan to Nigeria – Kenya to reopen 5-year notes – Ghana issued USD1.3bn of fresh debt – Tanzania struck a deal with Barrick Gold for USD300mn – Inflation in Zambia dropped – Zimbabwe hopes to cut budget deficit to 4%

Africa Credit Markets Brief: 04 October – 18 October

AfDB approved a USD200mn funding facility for private sector projects –Foreign investors bought ZAR18bn of SA bonds – Zuma could face new corruption charges – Fidelity Bank tapped the international markets – IMF concerned about Nigeria’s debt – Ethiopia devalued its currency – CBK placed a 5-year bond – Mauritius to hit the local currency markets

Africa Credit Markets Brief: 20 September – 04 October

African Development Bank tapped the international markets – South Africa issued dollar bonds worth USD2.5bn – NPLs rise in Nigeria – Nigeria raises NGN105.87 through maiden sovereign sukuk - Kenya Airways is looking to restructure debt – Ghana holds rates – Zimbabwe gets a USD600mn credit line from Afreximbank

As Ghana Dances with IMF, Questions Around Regaining Investor Trust Resurface

Ghana’s woes have been featured a lot in the press over the last years. One could summarise it as a country which, having found oil, was soon confronted with the demons that might come with such sudden access to wealth. The government’s overspending, and increasing borrowing on the back of future oil revenues, pushed the country towards the edge of insolvency when the commodity cycle turned. While the country seems to be on the mend, the critical question now is whether the government can regain investors’ trust.

Markets Tense Up as Justice Rules Kenyan Election Void

The Supreme Court decision to invalidate the results of Kenya's 8 August election has been hailed as an impressive victory for democracy in Africa. But as the candidates gear up for a new poll, risks of potential public discontent and even a constitutional crisis pose difficult questions for regulators and the markets alike.

Africa Credit Markets Brief: 6 September – 20 September

A fortnightly review of Africa's debt capital markets, covering the latest loan, sukuk and bond deals, rating actions, policy and credit market developments. Nigeria’s Ecobank secures a 5-year USD250mn syndicated loan - South Africa picks Barlcays, Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Nedbank to arrange new Eurobond – South Africa’s Land Bank raises ZAR1bn in bond auction - Kenya plans to sell up to KES30bn in treasury bonds this September - Liberia's President vows to open up its solar industry to foreign investors - Zimbabwe's FX reserves grew by USD3.2bn over past 8 months - Zambia awards a Chinese firm USD1.2bn road expansion contract


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