Bonds & Loans examines the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats across Africa following a research trip to the region.
10 Oct 2019
Following the conclusion of the divestment of its downstream and power generation businesses, Bonds & Loans speaks with Idris Olufowobi, Chief Financial Officer of recently formed Forte Upstream Services Ltd. about the company’s funding objectives and challenges, and discusses why the company is assessing a move into the exploration & production space.
17 Sept 2019
Viathan Group is an emerging energy player in the power and gas sector in Nigeria but in financing circles, the company is perhaps best known for its innovative 2018 infrastructure bond issuance – when it pioneered a new structure for the country’s capital markets. Babajide Ibironke, the Group’s CFO, talks to Bonds & Loans about the company’s growth ambitions and funding strategy, overcoming the…
6 Sept 2019
In one of a series of exclusive market snapshots for Bonds & Loans, Frank Holmes, CEO of US Global Investors and one of the most experienced and successful capital managers in the mining sector, talks about the demand-supply market dynamics, the growing role of China, and why fracking is here to stay.
12 Aug 2019
Bonds & Loans interviews Bruno Moraes, Director (Energy) at Actis, about investment prospects in the Brazilian markets, Actis's focus on renewables and their new infrastructure fund.
31 Jul 2019
Against a backdrop of trade wars and flagging global growth, supply-side pressures can only provide a limited buffer for commodity prices. As demand-side concerns continue to dominate, even geopolitical volatility does not seem able to stem sliding prices.
23 Jul 2019
Hadley Peer Marshall, Managing Director of Infrastructure Debt at Brookfield speaks with Bonds & Loans about managing local currency constraints when investing in infrastructure in Latin America, and new sectors generating investment opportunities.
28 Jun 2019
ESG – shorthand for environmental, social and governance – considerations are increasingly being prioritised by organisations, investors and lenders alike. But quantifying its influence on credit risk and funding is proving to be quite elusive. A group of former finance professionals and academics is trying to change that by putting “intangibles” like human risk, corporate culture and values at…
19 Jun 2019
Not only was the transaction a major step forward for private sector participation in Armenia’s energy sector, but the deal marked the first greenfield energy project financing in the country. With the involvement of four multilateral development institutions and a number of investors via the IFC’s innovative Managed Co-Lending Portfolio Programme (MCPP), the total financing cost amounted to…
31 May 2019