Ecobank to repay $250m Eurobond 2 years ahead

Ecobank Nigeria has said that it planned to repay its $250 million outstanding Eurobond two years ahead of its maturity date.

The bond which was issued in August 2014 with 8.75 per cent rate to one of the bank’s largest subsidiaries; EBN Finance Company BV and is due by August 2021, according Ecobank would be paid on August 14, 2019.

The Nigeria unit of the Pan-African banking group Ecobank Transnational Inc. (ETI) in a regulatory filing on The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Friday said the note will be delisted from the regulated market of Euronext Dublin as of August 14.

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“The early redemption of the Subordinated Note is a liquidity management and operational efficiency decision which highlight the strength of ENG balance sheet,” the commercial lender said in the filing to the NSE.

With the announcement, Ecobank has joined the league of banks repaying outstanding fund borrowed from the International Capital Market (ICM) ahead of maturity.

It will be recalled thay Access Bank, Zenith Bank, and First Bank had announced early in the year their plans to repay outstanding Eurobond ahead of maturity date in similar circumstances, described as part of their liquidity management strategies.

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