By Peter Egwuatu
Stanbic IBTC Capital and Stanbic IBTC Bank, subsidiaries of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, have partnered with Dangote Cement to conclude yet another issuance of N50 billion Series 3 and 4 Notes, under the recently established Dangote Cement Plc’s N150 billion Commercial Paper, CP, programme.
Stanbic IBTC Capital is sole arranger of the CP programme, and acted as joint dealer for the Series 3 and 4 Notes, while Stanbic IBTC Bank is the issuing, calculation and paying agent for all Notes issued under programme. The Series 3 and 4 Notes will be listed on Nigeria’s FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange.
Reflective of Dangote Cement’s top-notch ratings (Aaa/AA+ by Moody’s/GCR), the Series 3 (180-day) and 4 (270-day) notes priced at thin spreads of 25 and 50 basis points over the chosen primary market Sovereign benchmark (OMO rate), to achieve discount rates of 12.40 percent and 12.65 percent respectively.
The issuance of the Series 3 and 4 Notes closed on Friday, August 17, 2018 and was 158 per cent subscribed, with a robust and high quality order book closing at N79 billion.
Speaking in relation to the highly successful offering, Kobby Bentsi-Enchill, Executive Director and Head, Debt Capital Markets, Stanbic IBTC Capital, expressed delight that Dangote Cement was able to achieve yet another landmark CP issuance, within 6 weeks of its inaugural offering.
According to Mr. Bentsi-Enchill, Stanbic IBTC Capital is committed, “in line with the Stanbic IBTC Group’s value proposition and investment banking pedigree, to assist our clients with high quality advisory and arranging services that enhances their growth and expansion prospects by providing access to a diverse range of financing options within the domestic capital markets.”