On 16 May 2018, the African Development Bank (AfDB) successfully priced a EUR1.25bn 10-year Social Bond transaction. The issue follows the inaugural EUR500mn 7-year Social Bond issued in November 2017.
Mozambique’s recent default on bond obligations, due to copious amounts of hidden loans, was a shock for investors in the region, seen by many as a harbinger of more fiscal troubles on the horizon for Sub-Saharan Africa. Reports in the local press may indicate a familiar pattern emerging in Zambia – but for now, analysts are giving it the benefit of the doubt.
The Kenya-based subsidiary of one of Africa’s leading financial institutions managed to secure strong demand from a broad group of lenders as it sought to diversify its sources of funding.
In advance of our Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Nigeria 2018 conference and forthcoming special report on the region, Bonds & Loans met with a broad range of local finance leaders in order to get a sense of the risks and opportunities on the horizon.
The West African nation was able to extend its debt profile with the first ever EUR 30-year tranche from the continent’s sovereigns and the largest ever EUR-denominated issue by an African sovereign.
In advance of our Bonds, Loans & Sukuk East Africa 2018 conference and forthcoming special report on the region, Bonds & Loans visited the region to meet with a broad range of finance leaders in order to get a sense of the risks and opportunities on the horizon.
Senegal shook up the Sub Saharan African issuance pipeline with its largest ever international bond at its longest tenor to date, setting a new benchmark for Sub Saharan Africa sovereign borrowers with its widely welcomed 30-year addition to the curve.
Will 2018 see more African corporates tap into the public debt market? Are green bonds, sukuk, and other alternative fixed income structures likely to grow in prominence across the continent this year? And will political reversals in some of the region’s largest economies be matched by deep reform? Bonds & Loans spoke with dozens of borrowers, investors, bankers and government representatives at Africa’s largest debt capital markets conference – Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Africa – to get a sense of the key trends likely to dominate the region’s credit markets over the coming year.
Africa has a thriving telecoms sector with huge growth potential, but economic and political risks appear elevated – particularly in the continent’s largest economies. Thuto Shomang, Group Executive – Treasury at MTN Group, Africa’s largest mobile telecoms operator, talks to Bonds & Loans about the company’s funding objectives in 2018, and shares his views on how US monetary policy and credit ratings could weigh on MTN’s bid to diversify its sources of funding.
In 2011 winds of change swept through MENA, and what followed was a tumultuous period for many African economies in particular. Seven years on, some, like Libya, are still struggling to recover from the turmoil, but others, like Tunisia or Morocco, are revitalized and in many ways emboldened. Indeed, many of their markets have much to show for it.
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