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ETI raises $350 mln Tier 2 Sustainability Notes at 8.75% coupon

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Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) on Friday said it has successfully raised $350 million Tier 2 Sustainability Notes.

In a regulatory filing with the Nigerian Exchange Group, the pan-African banking group said the debt raise represents the first ever Tier 2 Sustainability Notes by a financial institution in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“This Tier 2 issuance is the first to have a Basel III-compliant 10NC5 structure outside of South Africa in 144A/RegS format and will be listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange.

The lender said that the bond, which matures in June 2031, has a call option in June 2026 and was issued with a coupon of 8.75 percent with interest payable semi-annually in arrears.

It said an equivalent amount of the net proceeds from the notes will be used by ETI to finance or re-finance, new or existing eligible assets as described in ETI’s Sustainable Finance Framework.

“Investor interest for this Sophomore Eurobond issue was global, including United Kingdom, United States, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa, achieving a 3.6x oversubscribed orderbook, of over $1.3 billion at its peak.

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“The transaction was anchored at the start by Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. (“FMO”), a Dutch development bank, with a committed $50 million order.

According to ETI, the notes saw significant demand from asset managers from Europe on opening (including the UK) demonstrated by a number of large tickets.
Overall, investor interest was global including accounts from the United States, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

“This is a landmark issue for Ecobank, and indeed the success of this first Sustainable Tier 2 issuance is testament to our clear strategy, solid positioning across the pan-African banking space as well as our deliberate and long-term focus on sustainable initiatives,” Group Chief Executive Officer of ETI Ade Ayeyemi said.

“We are particularly pleased with the diverse orderbook which reflects the confidence investors have in Ecobank to deliver on our commitment to sustainable financing,” he said.

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