Togo Readies Debut International Bond as Demand for Euros Soars

Togo Readies Debut International Bond as Demand for Euros Soars

LOME (Capital Markets in Africa) – Togo is preparing to raise 500 million euros ($564 million) in its first sale of international bonds as demand for emerging-market securities issued in the currency soars, according to people familiar with the matter. The government has been weighing options to refinance more expensive debt, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private. While authorities previously thought syndicated loans would be the cheapest…

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Tunisia Tempts Investors With Highest Euro Yield This Year

Tunisia Tempts Investors With Highest Euro Yield This Year

TUNIS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Tunisia is tapping the euro-debt market for the second time in nine months, tempting investors with 2019’s highest yield for a sovereign bond in the single currency. The north African nation is offering a benchmark-sized seven-year note at about 6.875% following investor meetings in Europe and the U.S., according to a person familiar with the matter, who isn’t authorized to speak publicly and asked not to be identified. It raised 500…

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Signs of Gloom Push Pound to Its Lowest Level Since April 2017

Signs of Gloom Push Pound to Its Lowest Level Since April 2017

LONDON (Capital Markets in Africa) – The pound slumped to a two-year low as signs of economic downturn mounted in a market increasingly betting that policy makers will have to cut borrowing costs. The currency reached its weakest level since April 2017 as disappointing retail sales and suggestions that the U.K. economy could be set for its worst quarter since 2012 sapped sentiment. The bleak economic outlook is adding to risk factors for sterling, with money markets pricing in…

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Mozambique Delays Raising $2.3 Billion for Anadarko Gas Project

Mozambique Delays Raising $2.3 Billion for Anadarko Gas Project

MAPUTO (Capital Markets in Africa) – Mozambique has put on hold plans to raise funds for its portion of Anadarko Petroleum Corp.’s $20 billion gas project, as the government tries to limit its debt sales following a default about three years ago. Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos EP, the national oil company, will revive efforts to raise $2.3 billion for the liquefied natural gas project probably later in the year, after Anadarko starts implementing it, said ENH Chief…

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South African Platinum Mine Wage Talks to Start Next Week

South African Platinum Mine Wage Talks to Start Next Week

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – South Africa’s largest platinum-mining labor union said it will meet the nation’s top three producers on successive days next week as it starts formal negotiations for a three-year wage deal. The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union plans to meet Anglo American Platinum Ltd. on July 9, followed by Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd. on July 10 and Sibanye Gold Ltd. the day after that, according to Secretary General Jeffrey Mphahlele. AMCU has asked for a…

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Bharti Airtel’s Kenyan Unit Adds Market Share for Sixth Quarter

Bharti Airtel’s Kenyan Unit Adds Market Share for Sixth Quarter

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Bharti Airtel Ltd.’s Kenyan unit increased its share of mobile-phone subscriptions for a sixth consecutive quarter after adding customers in the first three months of the year, according to data from the industry regulator. Airtel Networks Kenya Ltd. had 26.1% of subscribers, up from 23.4% in the final quarter of 2018, the Communications Authority said in its latest report. Safaricom Plc, Kenya’s biggest company by market value, lost market…

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What to Watch in Commodities: Trade Truce, OPEC, Crops, Palm

What to Watch in Commodities: Trade Truce, OPEC, Crops, Palm

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – It’s the end of a turbulent six months for commoditymarkets that have been buffeted by powerful and conflicting forces since the start of the year. While supply disruptions have fed a bullish narrative that’s driven oil, iron ore and corn to multi-year highs, concern over the impact of the U.S.-China trade war on economic growth has supported a bear case for raw materials, especially industrial metals. The Bloomberg Commodity Spot Index eked out a…

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