AfDB launches $2bn, 1.625% global benchmark

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The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched and priced a $ 2 billion 3-year Global Benchmark bond due 16 September 2022, its first US$ benchmark of the year.

Launched on September 11, the bond issue is the Bank’s second Global Benchmark of 2019, following a EUR 1 billion 10-year priced in March 2019. With this transaction, the Bank has now raised $4.4 billion in 2019 to date and executed 61per cent of its borrowing program for the year.

The transaction received strong support from investors globally, with order books reaching $2.8 billion and 53 investors participating. The high quality of the order book is illustrated by the strong participation of Central Banks and Official Institutions, taking 64per cent of the allocations.

The AfDB decided to take advantage of favourable investor sentiment post-summer break to access the 3-year tenor, in spite of volatile market conditions ahead of the Fed meeting the following week.

The mandate was announced on Tuesday, September 10, at 12:00 London time with Initial Pricing Thoughts of Mid-Swaps + 13 basis points (bps) area.

The transaction met strong interest from the outset, with Indications of Interest in excess of $ 1.8 billion (excluding Joint-Lead Managers interest) when order books officially opened at 08:00 London time the following morning, with initial price guidance of Mid-Swaps + 13bps area.

“We are delighted with this successful dollar Global Benchmark, and particularly pleased by both the very high quality of the order book and the solid participation of African Central Banks. The African Development Bank achieved its tightest ever spread to US Treasuries, and we are grateful to our investors across the world for this outcome, and the financing it will bring to the African continent,” Hassatou Diop N’Sele, Group Treasurer, AfDB.

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