Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) says it has issued a $500 million 7-year Eurobond, which is its second benchmark issuance under the $3 billion Global Medium Term Note Programme.
The senior, unsecured Eurobond carries a coupon of 3.875 percent and was priced to yield at four percent, maturing in April 2024.
AFC is only the second African development finance institution to issue a Eurobond with maturity longer than five years, a reflection of the firm’s strong credit standing and its ability to match-fund medium to long-dated infrastructure investments.
This showed that it was about five times over-subscription from 231 investors across the Middle East, Asia, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States.
Prior to the launch of the bond, AFC conducted a roadshow in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, the UAE, and the United States.
The Eurobond was distributed to investors in Europe (29 percent), United States (25 percent), United Kingdom (24 percent), Asia (18 percent) and the Middle East (4 percent).
The bond was rated A3 by Moody’s Investor Services which is in line with AFC’s issuer rating and would be listed on the Irish Stock Exchange.
“AFC has been committed for the last ten years to investing in projects that drive sustainable growth and development in Africa.
“In that time, we have invested over $4 billion in 28 African countries.
“Key to delivering this, are our fund-raising activities around the world, promoting the very real investment opportunities that exist in African infrastructure.
“The strong interest in this bond reflects investors’ confidence in AFC’s credit, strategy and risk management culture, as well as appetite for exposure to the returns available in African markets,” President/Chief Executive Officer of AFC, Mr Andrew Alli commented.