Bonds Extend Rally Ahead of Linker Auction

Bonds Extend Rally Ahead of Linker Auction

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – South Africa’s 10-year government bonds rose for a fourth day, set for the longest winning streak in two months, ahead of National Treasury’s inflation-linked bond auction, scheduled later Friday. The rand weakened against the dollar, broadly in line with other emerging-market currencies. National Treasury plans to sell 900m rand ($63.4 million) across inflation-linked bonds maturing in 2029, 2033 and 2050. This is the first linker auction with an increased issuance size,…

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South Africa Tests Investor Appetite in Biggest Bond Auction Yet

South Africa Tests Investor Appetite in Biggest Bond Auction Yet

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – South Africa’s widening budget deficit is going to cost it. Just how much, the Treasury will find out when it holds its biggest auction yet of local-currency debt on Tuesday. Benchmark 10-year yields have climbed more than 60 basis points since Oct. 25, when Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said the government will need to raise an additional 122 billion rand ($8.4 billion) of debt over the next three years to plug…

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Ghana Misses $816 Million Bond Target After Extended Bidding

Ghana Misses $816 Million Bond Target After Extended Bidding

ACCRA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Ghana missed its target to sell 3.6 billion cedis ($816 million) of non-sovereign bonds to settle the debt of energy utilities as demand for the securities fell short even after the offer was extended by a week. The West African nation placed 2.3 billion cedis of the 10-year bonds at 19.5 percent after receiving 2.8 billion cedis in bids demanding a yield of as much as 20 percent, joint deal…

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South African Yield Closing in on Turkey Shows Downgrade Fears

South African Yield Closing in on Turkey Shows Downgrade Fears

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – The shrinking yield discount on South African dollar bonds relative to Turkish debt is a sign investors are pricing in another credit downgrade for Africa’s biggest economy, according to Standard Bank Group Ltd. The 10-year spread has narrowed to 19 basis points, from 120 basis points in January. While Turkey’s yield has dropped amid demand for emerging-market assets, South Africa’s tracked sideways as political and fiscal challenges mount.  “The…

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Nigerian Bank Just Sold Most Expensive Emerging-Market Bond

Nigerian Bank Just Sold Most Expensive Emerging-Market Bond

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Nigeria’s Fidelity Bank Plc sold the highest-yielding Eurobond from emerging markets this year, joining a rush for issuance before higher U.S. interest rates push up borrowing costs. The mid-sized Lagos-based lender issued $400 million of five-year securities with a 10.75 percent yield on Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified. The deal initially had guidance of about 11 percent, said the person. Fidelity is the…

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Junk for South Africa as Fitch Joins S&P in Cut on Politics

Junk for South Africa as Fitch Joins S&P in Cut on Politics

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – South African debt got dealt a second blow in a week as Fitch Ratings Ltd. joined S&P Global Ratings and cut the nation’s credit assessment to junk following President Jacob Zuma’s move to fire a well-respected finance minister. Fitch reduced the foreign-currency rating to BB+, the highest non-investment grade and on par with Turkey and Portugal, four days after S&P reduced its assessment. The local-currency rating was also lowered one level to…

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Ghana $2.2 bln debt sale boosts Central Bank reserves by one-third

Ghana $2.2 bln debt sale boosts Central Bank reserves by one-third

ACCRA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Ghana has raised $2.2 billion from a sale of long-dated domestic bonds on Friday, boosting its central bank reserves by one-third, transaction leads and central bank sources said on Monday. Offshore buyers constituted 90 percent of accepted bids, according to Barclays Bank Ghana sources. The cedi fell to a record low of 4.7420 to the dollar last month but rallied to 4.2750 by noon (1200 GMT) on Monday, down…

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