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Afreximbank Bucks COVID-19 On Course to Raise over US$1 billion in Syndicated Loan


The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) vaulted market uncertainties caused by COVID-19 pandemic to successfully conclude a dual-currency Syndicated Loan, raising the equivalent of US$907.5 million, comprised of two tranches of US$485 million and EUR390.4 million.

Proceeds will be used for general corporate activities, and will strengthen the Bank’s liquidity position as it implements its US$3 billion Pandemic Trade Impact Mitigation Facility (PATIMFA).

Emirates NBD Capital Limited, MUFG Bank Ltd and Standard Chartered Bank acted as joint Global Coordinators, Initial Mandated Lead Arrangers and Bookrunners for the Facility. MUFG Bank Ltd also acted as Documentation Agent and Standard Chartered Bank as Facility Agent.

Launched on 9 April 2020 to a limited group of relationship banks at an amount of US$600 million equivalent, the facility was more than 50% oversubscribed allowing its increase to US$1.1 billion equivalent with an accordion feature.

Afreximbank President Prof. Benedict Oramah said that the market’s confidence in the Bank, despite the COVID-19 pandemic-induced volatility and uncertainty was a testament to the strength of Afreximbank’s investor relationships.

“The final deal size and the relatively short period over which the funding was raised reflect the high regard and confidence the market has in Afreximbank’s financial strength and its importance to the continent,” he said.

“Afreximbank intends, in due course, to issue additional syndicated loans.  The Bank looks forward to the continued support of the loan market at that time,” he added.

Syndicated Facility Lenders:

Institution Title
Emirates NDB Capital LimitedCoordinator, Mandated Lead Arranger and Bookrunner
MUFGCoordinator, Mandated Lead Arranger and Bookrunner
Standard Chartered BankCoordinator, Mandated Lead Arranger and Bookrunner
Bank ABCMandated Lead Arranger and Bookrunner
HSBC Bank plcMandated Lead Arranger and Bookrunner
State Bank of India, WBB BahrainMandated Lead Arranger and Bookrunner
Industrial and Commercial Bank of
China, London Branch
Mandated Lead Arranger and Bookrunner
Mizuho Bank Ltd.Mandated Lead Arranger and Bookrunner
RMBMandated Lead Arranger and Bookrunner
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe LimitedMandated Lead Arranger and Bookrunner
Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft, Filiale LuxemburgMandated Lead Arranger
First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSCMandated Lead Arranger

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