Nairobi, Kenya, Nov 1 – EABL’s Medium-Term Note starts trading at the NSEe has been listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange, where trading on the KSh11-billion issue began today.
EABL Group Managing Director and CEO Jane Karuku performed the ceremonial bell-ringing ceremony to mark the start of trading.
Mrs Karuku described the Note as the company’s most successful capital-raising issue and the reception as an expression of confidence in the company’s strategic vision.
“Although we at EABL have been in the capital markets before, this was a different time to ask for money – given the prevailing economic conditions, especially relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, because EABL has a clear strategic ambition, we considered that investors would believe our story, especially given that we have shaken off a very difficult period the pandemic hit our shores,” said Mrs Karuku.
The Note was oversubscribed by 245 percent.
“The more encouraging aspect of this issue is that it was embraced by an impressive mix of individual and corporate investors. Individual and retail investors comprised 32% of applicants while institutional investors covered the rest,” said Mrs Karuku.
The transaction was arranged by Absa Bank Kenya Plc and Absa Securities, with Bowmans Kenya as the legal counsel and Image Registrars the registrar and paying agent.
Mr Jeremy Awori, the Managing Director at Absa Bank Kenya PLC commented: “This is an important achievement not only for EABL, Absa Bank and Absa Securities but more so for the private sector and the Kenyan economy at large in delivering a message that is much needed right now: that we are a strong resilient market with the ability to bounce back from global economic shocks and build back better.”
NSE Chief Executive Mr. Geoffrey Odundo noted: “The overall size of the debt capital markets in sub-Saharan Africa across sovereign and corporate bonds stands at about USD 300 billion while in Kenya the value of listed bonds is USD 26.6 billion. While the corporate bond market is nascent, the sovereign debt market has been on a growth trajectory accounting for about 75% of the total outstanding amount. The performance of the EABL’s MTN is instrumental in the revival of our corporate bond market.”
The five-year, fixed rate instrument is offered at an interest rate of 12.25 percent payable semi-annually. The offer was opened on October 6 and closed on October 21 and is now listed for trading on the Nairobi Securities Exchange.
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