By Obinna Chima
Guaranty Trust Bank plc (GTBank) has announced the redemption of the outstanding portion of its $500,000,000.00 Eurobond Notes that was due May 19, 2016.
The bank had in February 2016, successfully issued a Cash Tender Offer to repurchase any and all the outstanding $500 million 7.5 per cent Eurobond Notes as part of its effective liability management strategy.
The tender was the first of its kind involving a Nigerian corporate in any capacity in the international capital markets and was well received by analysts and investors.
The Securities were issued by GTB Finance B.V. (GTB Finance) – a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of the bank –on the back of an unconditionally and irrevocably guarantee of the bank.
A statement from the bank at the weekend explained that at the expiration of the tender offer, an aggregate principal amount of $126,586,000 of the securities were successfully and validly tendered.
“Upon final maturity of the Eurobond in May 2016, the outstanding principal portion of $373,414,000 as well as the coupon value of $14,003,025 were redeemed using the bank’s available cash reserves,” the statement added.
According to the bank’s Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, GTBank, Mr. Segun Agbaje, despite a difficult operating environment that characterised most of the year – especially when viewed against the backdrop of short dollar supply- the bank continued the implementation of its effective liability management strategy with the successful completion of its any and all cash tender offer in February 2016 and subsequently, the redemption of the outstanding portion of the $500,000,000.00 Eurobond Notes due May 19, 2016.
Launched in May 2011, the $500 million Eurobond represented the first Sub-Saharan Africa financial sector benchmark Eurobond without a sovereign guarantee or credit enhancement from any international financial institution.
“Over the years, the bank has continued to leverage its deep understanding of complex business scenarios to undertake large ticket transactions in financial advisory, structured and project finance, balance sheet restructuring, debt and equity transactions.
“A few of the transactions successfully executed by the bank include; $350million Eurobond offering in January 2007, issuance of the bank’s $824 million Global Depository Receipts in an unprecedented concurrent global offering in the domestic and international capital markets – which culminated in the listing of GTBank on the London Stock Exchange, the first Nigerian company and first Sub-Saharan African bank to be so listed,” the statement added.