Egypt Signs Expanded $3.2 Billion Financing Deal With Lenders

Egypt Signs Expanded $3.2 Billion Financing Deal With Lenders

CAIRO (Capital Markets in Africa) – Egypt signed an expanded $3.2 billion financing deal with foreign banks, the central bank governor said, as it continues to bolster foreign reserves and prepare for about $14 billion of foreign debt repayments in 2018. The repurchase transaction, signed in November 2016 for one year, was increased from $2 billion, Tarek Amer said on Monday in an interview, without saying whether the duration of the deal has changed. Under the arrangement,…

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IMF Reaches Initial Agreement With Egypt for $2 Billion Tranche

IMF Reaches Initial Agreement With Egypt for $2 Billion Tranche

CAIRO (Capital Markets in Africa) – The International Monetary Fund reached a staff-level agreement with Egypt to unlock a $2 billion loan installment, and said economic reforms in the Arab world’s most populous nation are starting to pay off. Egypt and the Washington-based lender signed a 3-year, $12 billion agreement a year ago, of which $4 billion has already been disbursed. The next $2 billion installment is subject to approval from the IMF’s executive board, and Egyptian authorities…

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Moody’s: Morocco’s diversifying economy and stable policy support positive banking system

Moody’s: Morocco’s diversifying economy and stable policy support positive banking system

RABAT (Capital Markets in Africa) – Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s) says its outlook for the Moroccan banking system is positive, supported in part by the country’s on-going economic diversification and stable and predictable political and economic policy environment. Moody’s report, “Banking system outlook: Morocco, improving operating environment and rising credit growth support positive outlook”, is available on www.moodys.com. Moody’s subscribers can access this report via the link provided at the end of this press release….

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Carlyle Is Said to Target Egypt Deals as Reforms Revive Economy

Carlyle Is Said to Target Egypt Deals as Reforms Revive Economy

CAIRO (Capital Markets in Africa) – Carlyle Group LP is targeting possible investments in Egypt as the U.S. buyout firm seeks to take advantage of an economic revival in Africa’s third-biggest economy, according to people familiar with the matter. The company is in talks to buy a controlling stake in chocolate maker Covertina, the people said, asking not to be identified as the information is private. It’s also looking at other potential investments in the country,…

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RenCap Hires Banker From CI Capital as It Opens Doors in Egypt

RenCap Hires Banker From CI Capital as It Opens Doors in Egypt

CAIRO (Capital Markets in Africa) – Renaissance Capital, the investment bank controlled by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, is hiring investment bankers and analysts in Egypt as more vibrant capital markets attract financial services firms to the country. Mohamed Younis will be chief executive officer of the investment bank in Egypt, said Ahmed Badr, RenCap’s CEO for the Middle East and North Africa. Younis, previously at CI Capital Holding, an arm of Commercial International Bank Egypt SAE, will…

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IFC and banks close $653 mln in funding for Egypt solar plants

IFC and banks close $653 mln in funding for Egypt solar plants

CAIRO (Capital Markets in Africa) – International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, on Sunday said it had completed a $653 million debt package to finance building 13 solar power plants near Aswan in Egypt, planned to be part of the largest solar park in the world. Generating up to 752 megawatts of solar power, the Nubian Suns Feed-in-Tariff Financing Program is targeted to provide power to more than 350,000 residents…

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Egypt Calls for Less LNG in Tender as Domestic Gas Boost Looms

Egypt Calls for Less LNG in Tender as Domestic Gas Boost Looms

CAIRO (Capital Markets in Africa) – State-run Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Co. is seeking 12 LNG cargoes for delivery in the first quarter of 2018 in a tender, according to two people with direct knowledge. That compares with more than 100 cargoes it planned to purchase via tenders or government-to-government contracts for this year. Traders are monitoring how much LNG Egypt will buy next year as Africa’s biggest gas market weighs it needs for imports against a…

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