Africa Finance Corporation Closes US$140 million Kimchi Term Loan Facility

November, 20/2019 - 09:27
Africa Finance Corporation Closes US$140 million Kimchi Term Loan Facility

LONDON, UK - African Media Agency - 20 November 2019 - Africa Finance Corporation ("AFC," the "Corporation" or the "Borrower"), Shinhan Bank London Branch and South Africa's Nedbank Limited, London Branch (both the "Bookrunner and Mandated Lead Arrangers" or the "BMLAs") are pleased to announce the successful closing of AFC's inaugural US$140,000,000 Kimchi Term Loan Facility ("Facility").



Mr B.H Sung, Chief Rep. Bank of Korea; Mr J.H. Lee, Chief Rep. Financial Supervisory Service in Korea; Mr C.B. Park, General Manager of KEB Hana Bank, London Branch; Mr. Samaila Zubairu President & CEO of Africa Finance Corporation (AFC); the Head of Group & Global Investment Banking, Shinhan Financial group; the Director of Investment Banking, Nonghyup Bank; Mr H.S Kim, Minster of counseller (Economy and Finance), Korea Embassy in London and Mr S.H Seo, General Manager of Shinhan Bank, London Branch

 

The Facility is AFC's first Korean-focused loan facility and an important step as it builds a broad coalition of international investors to diversify its funding sources and allow institutions from around the globe to participate in Africa's development. This Facility follows a successful US$233 million and JPY1 billion dual currency Samurai Term Loan Facility closed in early September 2019 and US$300 million Loan Facility through the Export-Import Bank of China.

 

Proceeds from the Kimchi Term Loan Facility will be used for general corporate purposes in accordance with AFC's Establishment Agreement and the Charter.

 

Samaila Zubairu, President & CEO of AFC, commented: "We are delighted to announce this Kimchi Term Loan Facility, which is testament to AFC's strong fundamentals and ability to diversify our funding sources as we build a coalition of investors to support our mandate of providing solutions to Africa's infrastructure deficit. This also signifies the start of a great partnership with Shinhan Bank and the continuation of our relationship with Nedbank Limited, both ardent supporters of AFC and, indeed, Africa's sustainable development. The Kimchi Facility augments the significant interest we have received to date from Asia, including a dual currency Samurai Term Loan Facility, a Loan Facility secured from the Export-Import Bank of China, and being the first African investment grade financial institution to be accredited by the Korea-based Green Climate Fund. There is clearly heightened market interest in African infrastructure, with investors realising the great potential that exists across the continent."

 

Banji Fehintola, Senior Director & Treasurer of AFC, said: "At AFC, we constantly seek to diversify our sources of funding and Korea is certainly a very key market for us. It is this type of innovative finance that will enable us to continue mobilising global capital to execute projects and transform the lives of people in Africa. We are very proud of the success of this transaction and what we have achieved in Asia, and we look forward to deepening and broadening our partnerships over time."

 

Mr Seung Hyeon Seo, General Manager of Shinhan Bank, London, added: "I am delighted to announce that AFC's syndication has provided another milestone for Shinhan Bank as we engage in a dedicated business relationship in the African continent.  We will continue to build up a sustainable business model within Africa as well as the EMEA region, as we look to lead and support Korean investors to the African Market."

 

Kevin Ryder, UK Country Head for Nedbank, also commented on the Facility: "Nedbank is deeply committed to Africa and its economic development. We see the ability to connect international investors to the African market and vice versa as a core function and a key strength. This inaugural 'Kimchi' loan for AFC is a prime example of how we leverage our loan syndication and distribution capabilities to enable a key client such as AFC to further diversify its investor base. We are grateful to Shinhan Bank for choosing us as their African partner for this transaction." 

 

The Facility launched into general syndication 16 September 2019 and the loan agreement was finalised 11 November 2019.

 

The signing ceremony, which took place in London on Tuesday, 19 November 2019, was attended by the Lenders and representatives of AFC, [Shinhan Life, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, FSS London Representative Office, Bank of Korea, Mirae Asset Daewoo].

 

In addition, KEB Hana Bank also joined as Mandated Lead Arranger, NongHyup Bank was Lead Arranger, and First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC is the Agent.


Notes to Editors

About AFC - www.africafc.org

 

AFC, aninvestment grade multilateral finance institution, was established in 2007 withan equity capital base of US$1 billion, to be the catalyst for privatesector-led infrastructure investment across Africa. With a current balancesheet of approximately US$5.6 billion,

AFC is thesecond highest investment grade rated multilateral financial institution inAfrica with an A3/P2 (Stable outlook) rating from Moody's Investors Service.AFC successfully raised US$650 million in 2019, US$500 million in 2017 andUS$750 million in 2015 through Eurobond issuances; out of its Board-approvedUS$3 billion Global Medium-Term Note (MTN) Programme. All Eurobond issues wereoversubscribed and attracted investors from Asia, Europe and the USA.

 

AFC'sinvestment approach combines specialist industry expertise with a focus onfinancial and technical advisory, project structuring, project development andrisk capital to address Africa's infrastructure development needs and drivesustainable economic growth. AFC invests in high-quality infrastructure assetsthat provide essential services in the core infrastructure sectors of power,natural resources, heavy industry, transport, and telecommunications. To date,the Corporation has invested over US$6.6 billion in projects within 30countries across Africa.

 

About ShinhanBank

Shinhan Bank is theleading bank in Korea with total employees of 17,801, offices around 20countries. Shinhan Bank, which has been setting a new standard with constantchallenges and innovations in Korea'sbanking industry, and Cho Heung Bank, a long-standing industry leader in Korea,became one on April 1,2006 and integrated Shinhan Bank was launched under themotto of "Financial Pride Of Korea,THE BANK, Shinhan". As of end of June 2007,Shinhan Bank now stands as an undisputed, financially sound industry leaderwith 198.6996 trillion won in total assets, 10.76 trillion won in shareholders' equity, 1,038 branches and 15 millioncustomers.

 

To offer a comprehensiverange of financial services effectively, Shinhan segments our customersinto 7 groups(Retail, PB, WM, SMEs,(Large)Corporate, IB segments) and pursuespecialized business models. To satisfy customers' financial needs with the top-class financial expertise, we have builtand are operating an optimized channel network. Even amid the rapidly changingfinancial environment, Shinhan Bank maintains its leadership in asset qualityand risk management while trying to develop new growth engines based on strongorganizational culture and increase efficiency/ competitiveness throughinnovation activities. The Bank is playing a central role in creating the Groupsynergy based on its market leadership in core areas and strengthening globalbusiness in key regions. It is also committed to practicing sustainablemanagement with its pursuit of CSR activities.

 

By providing customers with the best value, earning the deep trust fromshareholders, offering a respected workplace for employees and fulfilling themission as a corporate citizen that belongs to the society and the nation,Shinhan Bank aspires to become a No. 1 Bank that takes a lead not just in Koreabut also in Asia and something to be proud of in the minds of customers and tothe nation

 

About Nedbank

 

Nedbank is one of the four largest banks in theRepublic of South Africa, tracing its roots back to 1831 with the establishmentof the Cape of Good Hope Savings Bank. Following a succession of branding andstructural changes, Nedbank Group in its present form was established in 2003with the acquisition of the Board of Executors (BoE).  Nedbank is engaged in a wide spectrum ofbanking through its Corporate and Investment Banking franchise, as well asRetail and Business Banking, Wealth Management and Rest of Africa businesses.With its head office in Johannesburg, the Group has a far-reaching presenceacross Africa, with the Ecobank-Nedbank alliance providing it with a footprintin 39 countries and creating the largest banking network in Africa.

 

While Nedbank's primary market is Africa, the NedbankGroup provides services to international clients through its presence in theIsle of Man, Guernsey, Jersey, London and Dubai. Nedbank has a vast presencethrough its 702 branches and outlets located in South Africa and the rest ofAfrica.

 

As of 31 December 2018, Nedbank Group had 8 millionclients and more than 30 000 staff members. Nedbank is listed on theJohannesburg Stock Exchange (and the Namibian Stock Exchange) with a marketcapitalisation of ZAR136bn as of 31 December 2018. 

 

Additionalinformation about Nedbank may found on its website: https://www.nedbank.co.za/content/nedbank/desktop/gt/en/investor-relations.html