The Bank of Industry (BOI) has received the award for the ‘International Syndicated Loan Deal of The Year’ at the Bonds & Loans Africa Awards ceremony, which took place yesterday, in Mount Nelson, Cape Town.

   BoI has presented this award in recognition of its $1bn Syndicated Term Loan Facility successfully raised in the international market in December 2020.

    Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, BoI, Olukayode Pitan said: “This recognition highlights our impact as Nigeria’s leading Development Finance Institution committed to maximizing our developmental impact by raising and deploying the funds that enhance our capacity to support our customers.

    “We look forward to intensifying our efforts to catalyze sustainable economic growth for Nigeria and the continent at large.”

   The exhaustive selection process for the awards involves close examination of deal size, tenor, structure, and distribution; analysis and background of the borrower and their accessibility to financing; with extra credit for deals that demonstrate high-quality execution, accessing new pools of liquidity, innovative structuring, and opening-up new markets.

   The 2021 Bonds & Loans Africa Awards was postponed due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19, as such, the ceremony featured winners selected on the performance in 2020 and 2021.

   Pitan acknowledged the significant role that myriad strategic partners played in the consummation of this deal in spite of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, saying: “We are especially grateful for the support of our lead arrangers, underwriters and book runners; Afreximbank, Credit Suisse A.G, Rand Merchant Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation; and The Central Bank of Nigeria which provided a 100% currency swap that allowed us to mitigate foreign exchange rate risks.”

   The award comes on the back of BOI’s successful issuance of a 750mn Senior Eurobond (the first by any African national DFI) in February 2022.

    In the last four years, the Bank of Industry has raised about $3.8bn from the international financial market: This includes another syndicated loan of €1bn in March 2020; and a $750mn syndicated medium-term loan in 2018 which has been fully paid off.

   The Bonds & Loans Africa Awards has been recognizing the most innovative and ground-breaking deals from sovereign, corporate and financial institution issuers and borrowers since 2014. The annual event brings together the industry’s most high-profile figures thereby raising the profile of the African financial markets with the international investment community.



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