Photo Caption: L-R: CEO, Chapel Hill Denham; Bolaji Balogun, CEO, MTN Nigeria; Karl Toriola, CFO, MTN Nigeria; Modupe Kadiri at the N110 billion bond signing ceremony which took place at MTN Nigeria’s corporate head office on Thursday, May 6th, 2021.
Investors will earn 13 per cent interest rate from the N100 billion bond issued by MTN Nigeria Plc. It is the first to be issued by any telecommunications company in Nigeria. It is also the second largest corporate bond issuance in Nigeria.
A bond is a debt instrument used by companies and the government to borrow from the investing public.
The company explained that the N110 billion Series 1, 7-Year 13.0% Fixed Rate Bonds will be due 2028, is the first (Series I Bond) under its N200 billion Bond Issuance Programme.
Speaking during the signing ceremony, Bolaji Balogun, CEO Chapel Hill Denham (the lead issuing House/Bookrunner) said: “We are extremely thankful to MTN Nigeria for the opportunity to deliver on a transaction of this magnitude especially in difficult market and economic conditions.
“We are proud to be associated with MTNN’s success story. It is the second largest bond issuance in our market and the largest issuance this year.
“In the coming days, it will be clear that we all did some incredible work together. I am really proud to have worked with all of these colleagues that you chose to work alongside with us.”
Commenting on the bond issuance, Karl Toriola, CEO, MTN Nigeria said: “We live in testing times and we can’t take for granted that we work in an industry that first of all allows us to enhance and serve the society and allows us to continue to sustain ourselves, our families and contribute a great share to the Federal Government of Nigeria’s economic development policies.”
“I want to thank everybody for the work done in preparing all the documentation and securing approvals for the relevant capital market regulatory authorities. I am aware of the level of commitment that has gone into this.
“It will help secure MTN’s future in terms of having predictable funding and cost of capital structure going forward, diversifying its funding sources and help in the joint agenda that my team and I have set in being bold in creating opportunities for Nigerians.
“It also reaffirms our standing both in the capital market and the larger society that we operate in,” he added.
Chapel Hill Denham Advisory Limited acted as the Lead Issuing House while Stanbic IBTC Capital, DLM Advisory, FCMB Capital Markets, FBNQuest Merchant Bank, Rand Merchant Bank, and Vetiva Capital Management acted as Joint Issuing Houses.