Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (NSE ticker: ETI), the parent company of the Ecobank Group, the leading Pan-African banking group with banking operations in 34 countries notified the investing public through a publication on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, that Ecobank Nigeria Limited, a key subsidiary of ETI is seeking to raise capital from the international debt capital market through the issuance of US$300 million senior notes, pursuant to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 144A and Regulation S.
The proceeds of the Eurobond will provide medium term funding and help to enhance the capacity of the Bank to support international trade and service in Africa, the bank said in the publication.
The publication went further to say that the Notes, which will be issued through a Dutch special purposes funding vehicle, will be listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Bloomberg reported that Ecobank Nigeria Limited has hired Citigroup Inc., Dubai-based Mashreqbank PSC, Standard Chartered Plc and Renaissance Capital as joint bookrunners, according to a person familiar with the matter, who is not authorized to speak publicly and asked not to be identified.
The sale comes after yields on Ecobank’s existing $500 million of bonds due April 2024 plunged from record highs reached during the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, to trade near their best levels since early March.
Ecobank Transnational operates across 34 African countries with Nigeria as its biggest market. It has previously announced plans to prioritize it operations in the continent’s largest economy as it seeks to cushion the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on its operations.
The African Continental Free Trade Area aims to bolster intra-regional commerce by lowering or eliminating cross-border tariffs, facilitating the movement of capital and people, promoting investment and paving the way for the establishment of a continental-wide customs union.
The Central Bank of Nigeria has confirmed that it has no objection to the Transaction. It should be noted that the Transaction is subject to prevailing market conditions and the conclusion of the necessary Transaction documentation.
Nnamdi Maduakor is a Writer, Investor and Entrepreneur
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