SA issues new bonds in international markets

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

South Africa has issued two new bonds in the international capital market, National Treasury said on Wednesday.

“On 15 May 2018, the Republic of South Africa successfully placed US$2 billion in notes maturing in 2030 (12-year) and 2048 (30-year) in the international capital markets through an intra-day execution,” said Treasury.

Proceeds from the bond issuance will be used to finance government’s foreign currency commitments.

The breakdown of the total issuance amount consisted of US$1.4 billion on the 12-year tranche and US$600 million on the 30-year tranche.

The transaction was more than 1.7 times oversubscribed in aggregate with investor demand from across all the major financial centres in the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom, Middle East and Asia.

Treasury said the 2018 Budget Review specified an amount of US$9 billion to be raised in international capital markets as part of South Africa’s annual borrowing requirement over the medium term.

“The South African government sees the success of the transaction as an expression of investor confidence in the country’s sound macro-economic policy framework and prudent fiscal management.”

The National Treasury mandated Deutsche Bank/ Nedbank (consortium), J.P. Morgan, Rand Merchant Bank and Standard Bank as Joint Book runners. The appointment included each bank’s BEE partners, namely RHO Capital and Pamoja Capital, Dew Partners, Basis Points Capital, and Africa Rising Capital, respectively. -