Nigeria Raises $3 Billion in Its Biggest Eurobond Sale Yet

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  • Nation sold 10-year notes at 6.5%, 30-year bonds at 7.625%
  • Issue received orders of about $11 billion: central bank

Nigeria raised $3 billion in a two-part international bond sale as it seeks to fund a fiscal deficit and reduce its local-currency debt burden.

The West African nation split the offering equally between 10- and 30-year tranches. The yield was 6.5 percent for the shorter notes and 7.625 percent for the 30-year portion, down 25 basis points on each tranche from the initial guidance. The issue received $11 billion of bids, according to central bank Governor Godwin Emefiele.

The offering, its biggest Eurobond issuance ever, is the nation’s third sale this year. While Africa’s biggest oil producer is still reeling from its worst economic slump in about 25 years, Nigeria has benefited from strong demand for emerging-market assets and Brent crude’s 30 percent rise since the end of June to more than $62 per barrel.

Most of the new debt will fund Nigeria’s 2017 budget, with the rest used to refinance maturing local-currency bonds, according to the government.

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The yield on the 30-year bond was 25 basis points lower than its 15-year deal sold in February. The rate on those -- the nation’s longest bonds until now -- fell four basis points to 6.69 percent as of 1:58 p.m. in London on Tuesday.

“Extending our debt profile in the international market to 30 years establishes a basis for the longer term financing required for transformational infrastructure investment,” Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun said in a statement on the Debt Management Office’s website.

Egypt, Morocco and South Africa are the only other African nations to have sold 30-year dollar bonds. Before now, the most Nigeria had issued in one day was $1.5 billion.

Citigroup Inc. and Standard Chartered Plc managed the transaction. They arranged meetings in London and New York last week between investors and Nigerian officials including Adeosun and Emefiele.

— With assistance by David Malingha Doya

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