Stewart Wakeman, Deputy General Manager, Structure Finance Division, Europe, Mizuho Bank discusses the challenges that African borrowers face and the countries/sectors that are likely to be most exciting during 2016.
29 Feb 2016
Konrad Reuss, Managing Director, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services discusses the external macro challenges that Africa faced in 2015 and the challenges this will present to borrowers and issuers in 2016.
24 Feb 2016
The South African budget will be revealed by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. In it, many hope there will be measures outlining how the country will overcome a combination of threats if it is to avoid being downgraded to ‘junk’ by the main ratings agencies.
24 Feb 2016
Nigeria has seen yields on its bonds jump amid concerns over the state of the country’s economy, especially on local currency government issuances. Interestingly, new local currency bonds seem to be bucking this trend by offering lower yields than before.
15 Feb 2016
Nigeria is looking to borrow heavily on both the domestic and international debt markets to fund its budget deficit this year. However rumours that it will forgo Eurobonds for foreign loans seem unlikely considering how much the country wants to raise.
12 Feb 2016
Zambia has steep budget deficits to cover resulting from low copper prices. It has financed these locally and externally, increasing borrowing costs for the country. It is still issuing debt, but falling popularity amongst investors despite high yields has reduced the size of issuances recently.
9 Feb 2016
The country’s central bank has raised interest rates to stem rising inflation. The move has been long overdue, with investors having considered pricing in an interest rate hike into markets earlier in the month. The bank’s action may also have the potential to halt the rout in the country’s bond market.
1 Feb 2016
African sukuk issuances have been rare in the past. Recently, some countries in the region including Nigeria have considered sukuk offerings to broaden their access capital, but appetite may be low with the region under pressure fiscally from low oil prices.
29 Jan 2016