THE African Finance Corporation has recorded the lowest coupon transaction an African issuer has ever achieved in the CHF market, a landmark issue for it Africa and supranational institutions
The Africa Finance Corporation, AFC, has successfully issued its CHF200 million Reg S only bond maturing in December 2023.
The bond was priced at par, has a tenor of four years, and carries an annual coupon of 0.5225 percent, which is the lowest coupon ever for an African issuer in the CHF market. Moreover, the transaction was priced inside the corporation’s existing USD Eurobond curve and below its currently outstanding CHF bond, which matures 27 December 2019.
The new issue was preceded by an extensive non-deal roadshow in Switzerland and other parts of continental Europe. AFC received strong investor interest from several high-quality institutions, including private banks and asset managers, resulting in an over-subscription of three times.
This transaction will allow AFC to further diversify its debt portfolio and secure financing to de-risk transformational infrastructure projects across the African continent.
The issuance is AFC’s second CHF bond and was rated A3 by Moody’s Investor Services, in line with AFC’s overall issuer rating. It will be listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange.
Samaila Zubairu, president of AFC, said: “The response to our second Swiss Franc bond issue has been overwhelmingly positive with orderbooks three-times oversubscribed. The strong appetite for AFC bonds is further testimony of investor confidence in AFC’s credit story, holistic investor engagement strategy and support for our mandate to develop and fund infrastructure projects that will unlock the continent’s potential. Furthermore, the unprecedented coupon exemplifies the current reality of negative yields in Europe. Investors must look beyond to find safe yet attractive investment opportunities.”
Also, Banji Fehintola, senior director & treasurer of AFC, added: “We are very pleased with the results of our second Swiss bond issue. With an annual coupon of 0.5225%, which is substantially lower than our inaugural CHF bond with an annual coupon of 0.85%, it is a landmark for AFC, Africa and supranational institutions. This new bond will provide us with liquidity to refinance our maturing CHF bond and fund the Corporation’s balance sheet growth. We look forward to deepening our relationship with Swiss investors and frequenting more often this very important market.”
Credit Suisse and Renaissance Capital acted as joint lead managers and bookrunners.